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Vinsacro Rioja
Bodegas Vinsacro ( Escudero )
Spain - La Rioja - Rioja

Selected grapes from the old "Cuesta la Reina" vineyard, belonging to the Escudero family for over four generations, on the southern slope of Mount Yerga. The calcareous clay soils are poor and stony. 

Dark cherry color. Intense and elegant sweet spices; chocolate and ripe fruit with suggestive toasty aromas from the aging in quality oak. Tasty, powerful, meaty and structured, and at the same time easy to drink, very round.

Specifications
Appellation
Rioja
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
55% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano and 5% Monastrell.
Age of vines
70 years
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
Calcareous clay
Vinification
Manual harvest. Must is transported in large vats via an overhead crane system to avoid damage from the pumps, creating a successful 'dump over' (rather than pump over') technique. Fermentation for 28-30 days in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts at 30 degrees C. Daily remontage and breaking of the cap; long maceration. Aged in American oak for 16 months.
Pairings

Roast lamb or pork, game, beef steak, stewed meat, blue and aged cheese.

Reviews and News

2015 Vinsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WA

2015 Vinsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"I tasted six vintages of a red blend produced with 50% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, and the rest Vidau (an old field blend where Garnacha dominates but there's also Tempranillo and Graciano), the youngest of which was the 2015 Vinsacro. It fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in new French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels for 18 months, during which time the wine was racked four times. It's ripe, heady, toasty and exuberant. The palate is medium to full-bodied with dusty tannins, lacking a bit in the middle. 24,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 90 pts

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2012 Vinsacro Rioja - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2012 Vinsacro Rioja - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(raised for 16 months in new and used American oak barrels) Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Expressive, mineral-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, incense and smoky minerals, with vanilla and licorice undertones. Sweet, spicy and focused in the mouth, offering juicy blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors that are enlivened by a peppery spice accent. Smoothly combines richness and vivacity and finishes with impressive focus, lingering sweetness and supple tannins that build slowly and add gentle grip. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 92 pts

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2012 Vinsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

2012 Vinsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

wa90"The 2012 Rioja, a blend of 55% Tempranillo, 20% Granacha, 10% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano and the rest Monastrell, was aged in American oak casks for 16 months. This beautiful, deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, licorice, white chocolate, baking spices and blackcurrant liqueur. It is lush, medium to full-bodied and ripe, but beautifully balanced, pure and powerful. Drink it over the next 5-7 years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 90 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25

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2011 Vinsacro (formerly Valsacro) Rioja - 92 PTS - IWC

2011 Vinsacro (formerly Valsacro) Rioja - 92 PTS - IWC

tanzer iwc 92 pts"(all tempranillo): Bright purple. Heady, oak-spiced aromas of black and blue fruits, cigar box and cola, with a sexy floral nuance emerging with aeration. Seductively sweet and expansive, offering intense blueberry, cassis and vanilla bean flavors that deliver liqueur-like intensity and depth. Seamless in texture, with slow-building tannins adding shape to the clinging, smoky finish. In a distinctly modern style and awfully easy to drink now. - Josh Raynolds"
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Sept/Oct 2014), 92 pts

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2011 Vinsacro (formerly Valsacro) Rioja - 90 PTS - WA

2011 Vinsacro (formerly Valsacro) Rioja - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"The 2011 Vinsacro is a mixture of their old field blend they refer to as though it was a single variety and call Vidau. The fruit is ripe and leaning more toward blackberries and blackcurrants with some spicy oak notes. It has some tannins that need polishing in bottle. 100,000 bottles. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (April 2015), 90 pts

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2010 Valsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - IWC

2010 Valsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 90 Pts"Bright violet color. Powerful, oak-accented aromas of cherry, cassis and vanilla, with a hint of cocoa emerging with air. Fleshy and sweet, offering broad dark fruit flavors complicated by clove and vanilla. Finishes sweet and long, with lingering spiciness and very good energy."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Sept 2012), 90 pts

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2005 Valsacro Rioja - Hogshead Wine Blog - **(*)

2005 Valsacro Rioja - Hogshead Wine Blog - **(*)

hogsheadlogo"This wine is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo aged in French and American oak. Tasted over two nights the youthful nose revealed concentrated blueberries, soft spices, and undertones of vanilla. In the mouth the blue and black fruit is a touch lighter than on the nose. There is a smooth texture to this approachable and modern wine. There is a dark core which is a touch spicy with salivating acidity on the sides of the tongue and dark fruit in the finish. Now-2019."
- Hogshead wine blog (July 17th 2012),**(*)

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2005 Valsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WS

2005 Valsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WS

wine spectator 90 pts"Fresh and vibrant, this red delivers juicy black cherry and crisp cranberry flavors, with leaf and espresso notes. Shows good depth, with balance and intensity. Drink now through 2015. 1,750 cases made. –TM"
- Wine Spectator (August 31st 2010), 90 pts

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2005 Valsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WA

2005 Valsacro Rioja - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"Valsacro's 2005 Crianza is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo aged in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it has an enticing bouquet of cedar, tobacco, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a medium-bodied, elegant wine with some structure, savory fruit, a smooth texture, and excellent depth. It will evolve for another 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now through 2020."
- Wine Advocate (April 2010), 90 pts

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2005 Valsacro Rioja - 89 PTS - WE

2005 Valsacro Rioja - 89 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 89 pts"Having not seen the Valsacro wines for several years, it's nice to know that they are up to good things. This is a dark wine dominated by aromas of cassis liqueur and earth. It's lively and structured, with layers of toasted berry, chocolate and black pepper flavors. Shows a lot of shadings and trimmings, including creamy oak on the finish. Drink now and over the next two years. - Michael Schachner"
- Wine Enthusiast (August 1st 2010), 89 pts

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Producer Information: Bodegas Vinsacro ( Escudero )

The Escudero family has been making wine and growing grapes, for four generations, in the rugged, semi-desert foothills around Grávalos in the southwestern corner of the Rioja Baja region. Over ...
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