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Rioja

    
  For more than a century, Rioja has been considered Spain’s preeminent wine region. The region’s ties to
France are multiple, beginning in the Middle Ages with the camino Frances, the French Road, a route through Rioja
named for French pilgrims who, with millions of other devout Europeans, walked across northern Spain to the
shrine of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela, the far western province of Galicia.

Rioja’s history could be separated into four phases.  There was the period during the last century when the region
produced simple wine, most of which was for early drinking by the jugful.  Then, in the 1860’s, expertise-and grape
varieties-were imported from Bordeaux, just across the Pyrenees. Rioja is often referred to as Spain’s Bordeaux,
despite the fact that its supple, earthy, often refined red wines more closely resemble Burgundies.  

      Today, Rioja faced with competition from regions elsewhere in Spain, and from overseas, the Riojanos have
finally begun to raise their game.  The Garnacha’s horns have been trimmed, the Graciano encouraged and there
has even though this is rarely acknowledged openly been a return of the Cabernet Sauvignon.  Just as important
has been the acknowledgement that, alongside its traditional oak-aged Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva wines,
the region should exploit the lovely strawberry flavor of young, unoaked –“sin crianza”- Tempranillo.
It is a certainty that the Valdelana Family have been tending their grapes in Elciego since the late 19th Century.  The
bodega currently processes grapes from 150 hectares of choice vineyards, which are planted mainly with
Tempranillo, although there are also Viura, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes.

      The bodega is located in the town of Elciego, noble birthplace of Rioja wine.  It is built over six underground cut
stone cellars dating back to the 16th century, where we find the casks where our great wines are aged.  
"VALDELANA" young  red. Grape varieties: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Craciano and 5% Viura. Tasting: Impressive deep
cardinal-red. Fragrant aromas of pure fruit; powerful  attractive meeting in the mouth with a good concentration on flavor. Long
finish  Best young red RIOJA 2001 / SILVER medal - Bordeaux'2003

"VALDELANA" red crianza.  Grape varieties: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5%. Tasting: Mazuelo. Brillant, loud-depth
ruby-red. Clean and complex to the nose, with aroma of well-assembled fruit with noticeable hints of fine oak. Well-structured,
balance and tasting in the mouth. Complex, elegant finish.  Within best 100 Spanish wines - Spanish Gourmet Guide'01

"VALDELANA" red Reserva.  Grape varieties: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. Ageing: type of oak: 50%
French oak and 50 % American oak average cask age: 3 years. Cask ageing: 24 months. Bottle. ageing: 12 moths. Tasting:
This wine's most outstanding trait is its balance between elegant aromas and a fine ensemble of flavors. It is tasting, well
structured and dry. Its flavorful  character remains throughout ending in long note of ripe fruit and spicy hints.