Tasting Notes – Spanish/Washington Wines 06.19.24

Conde Valdemar, Rioja Blanco ~ 2021

Since the 1980’s Conde de Valdemar has become a reference in Rioja. Making wines that stand out because of their quality are currently available in over 55 countries. Chosen as one of the best 5 wineries in La Rioja in the last 25 years by Wine & Spirits magazine, Conde de Valdemar is acknowledged as synonymous with quality and continuity the world over.

Grapes: 75% Viura, 20% Malvasía, 5% Tempranillo Blanco – ABV 12.5%

Tasting notes: Wine with pale-yellow color with greenish highlights, clean and bright. It offers an intense and refreshing aroma, dominated by white fruit, especially pear, followed by stone fruits and citrus touches, complemented by soft nuances of aromatic herbs and white flowers. On the palate, it stands out for its tasty entry, loaded with fresh fruit and a smooth texture, culminating in a persistent aftertaste and perfectly balanced acidity.
Pairings: It is the ideal match for grilled fish, salads, and vegetables, as well as pasta dishes and shellfish. A good choice for smoked food and creams.
Producer: Conde de Valdemar / Appellation: Rioja, Spain

Conde Valdemar, Rioja Reserva ~ 2015 [94 Pts WE]

A wine that shows a perfect harmony between the combination of ripe fruit and the finesse of the nuances of sweet spices, cocoa, and toffee that its balanced barrel aging provides. Like good records, this Reserva shows its personality sip by sip. An all-terrain, versatile and elegant wine.

Grapes: 87% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 3% Graciano – ABV 14%
Tasting notes: Deep, bright cherry color with ruby shades. A graceful nose filled with aromas of mixed berries and cassis and touches of sweet spices, cocoa, and toffee. Vibrant and balanced palate with a long-lasting and wide finish, full of elegance and finesse.

Pairings: Suitable for beef, grilled pork, roasted lamb, chicken, barbequed food, and grilled vegetables, and a perfect match with pasta dishes, tacos, enchiladas, stir-fried noodles and all kinds of cheeses.
22 months in American oak (65%) and French oak (35%) barrels.
: Conde de Valdemar / Appellation: Rioja, Spain

Entre Nosotros Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 2021

Since 1889, a passionate, innovative, and bold journey, has led to Washington state, where we have begun the newest chapter of our legacy – Valdemar Estates. The mission – seek the finest land and fruit that Washington state has to offer and make benchmark wines. We do not aim to be a Spanish winery in Walla Walla, but rather to build upon a timeless winemaking legacy in a new and dynamic region.

Grapes: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petit Verdot – ABV 14.2%
Tasting notes:  Bold aromas of blackberries, plums, and roasted dark chocolate. More powerful black fruit on the palate enhanced by a savory twist of roasted coffee beans.
Aging: 18 months in 32% new and 68% 3-year-old, French oak
: Valdemar Estates / Appellation: Columbia Valley AVA of Washington, United States

Rioja Maturana Balcón De Pilatos ~ 2019 [92 Pts JS]

Balcón de Pilatos is one of our most iconic vineyards and is a prime site for growing a very distinctive, violet-scented Maturana, a grape variety that was lost in Rioja due to phylloxera during 1920-30. This exclusive and minority grape was rediscovered in 35 vines found in a vineyard over 100 years old.
Grapes:  100% Maturana Tinta – ABV 13.5%
Tasting notes: Red cherry color with violet hues, of a very high intensity. Complex and intense aroma of ripe black fruit with fine notes of spices, licorice, graphite, and cedar. Distinctive character of the grape variety. Smooth entry, without edges and with nerve. Reminiscences of licorice and well-integrated toasty notes.
Pairings: A great match for meats, especially lamb chops, rib eye steak, braised beef ribs, and filet mignon. An ideal partner for stews, cured and semi-cured cheeses, cold meats, ahi-tuna, and grilled mushrooms.
Aging: 14 months in new fine-grained American oak barrels with 3 years of drying.
Producer: Bodegas Valdemar / Appellation: Rioja, Spain