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FEATURED WINE

Conde De Valdemar , Crianza 1993
By : Dan McMyler

Founded in 1889 the Martinez - Bujanda family winery has been producing for over a century. Today the winery is one of the most technologically advanced in the world. It is one of the few houses in the Rioja region to use only estate grown fruit.  Made from a pleasant blend of tempranillo and mazuelo grapes, at around $8 a bottle the Conde De Valdemar Crianza is a real bargain.

The wine has a bright ruby color, is clean yet quite complex with wonderful vanilla and plum / black cherry tones in the nose. In the mouth the wine is quite bodied and rich but has a soft lingering finish which is becoming quite typical of newer style o f Riojas. Having spent sixteen months in oak ( six months longer than required for a Crianza in Rioja) the wine has a nifty balance between the aging and soft fruitiness.

 

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