About the Wine
The 2015 Valserrano Reserva comes from Rioja Spain. Rioja is perhaps Spain’s top wine region and is one of only two regions classified under the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) system. Spain produces mostly Tempranillo, Garnacha and Gaciano. Rioja red wines are classified based on how long they are aged. This Rioja was aged for 24 months in American and French Oak Casks and kept for a few months in vats to ensure the correct blending of the wine prior to bottling. This blend is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano.
Garnet red with deep robe, bright glints and little sign of evolution. On the nose, with the glass still, reminders of fine wood appear, such as cedar. When the wine is swirled you find nuances of dried fruit and spices such as nutmeg, cloves and traces of cherry liqueur. Highly expressive. On the palette a smooth, creamy attack followed by a flavorsome sensation in the mouth, with tannins well-integrated with the acidity, creating a pleasing, full structure.
This medium to full bodied wine with high acidity pairs well with a variety of foods. In my opinion Carnitas tacos are a match made in heaven for this Rioja.
The Wine Down
You can find this bottle for under $25.