Herederos De Perfecto Martínez 1808 Valcavada Tempranillo Rioja 2016
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The chalky limestone soils of Rioja don’t make wine-growing easy. Instead, the poorly draining soils force the vines to struggle, eventually yielding grapes that are complex in flavor and intensely colored thanks to long days in the harsh Spanish sun. The 1808 Valcavada is the product of that painstaking farming, and winemaker Jenaro Fernández wouldn’t have it any other way.
Bright crimson and cherry-scented, this young wine was barely kissed with six months in oak, keeping it solidly medium-bodied and refreshing. Notes of dried strawberry, cherry, tobacco and crushed herbs mingle in a wine with moderate tannins. An insane value, the 1808 is a Tempranillo you won’t want to miss!
About the wine
With an emphasis on non-interventionist winemaking, the family is hands-on and chemicals off, never using additives in the vineyard or cellar making, the Valcavada an incredible value that screams Rioja.
Continuing the family history in the region that dates back to the 16th century, the 1808 wines are made in the traditional fashion--without a single chemical additive in the vineyard or cellar, and never filtered. Biodynamic farming practices ensure healthy vines, and grapes ripened by their environment rather than tainted by chemical residue. As a result, their 100% Tempranillo wines are pure, bright and driven by earthy Rioja terroir.
Aged for six months in American oak barriques, the 2016 Valcavada is fruit-driven and medium bodied, with touches of licorice, baking spice, and leather on the palate. Acidity from calcium-rich soils of Rioja make this wine continually refreshing, while moderate tannins round out a long, savory finish. This young wine is a stellar example of Tempranillo at its best, and one to order by the case!
Winemaker: Jenaro Fernandez
Appellation: Rioja, Spain
- 96 pts, Thomas Stafford, Certified Sommelier
- 4.0/5.0, Vivino Users
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel
4.0 ★ Vivino Users
96 pts, Thomas Stafford, Certified Sommelier
"1808 assembles a unique array of warm strawberry and dark cherry with a tinge of orange peel. It has great precision that is highlighted by supple ripe fruit. It displays wonderful balance, fine polished tannin and a luscious core of sweet dried cranberry. I am most intrigued by an undying crisp acidity to keep everything interesting and nicely balanced. Drink up!"