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2001 Valsacro Dioro Seleccion J & D Rioja

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June 9, 2024 - $51



96Robert M. Parker Jr.

...sweet perfume of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, tobacco leaves, creme de cassis, cherries, cola, and smoky new oak. Full-bodied and ripe, with superb purity and a multilayered texture...

91Wine Spectator

Alluring aromas of blackberry and spice give way to blackberry, cola, toast and mineral flavors on a plush texture, with well-integrated tannins and succulent acidity. A modern style, with lots of oak, but enough fruit for balance.



Bodegas Valsacro is in the foothills in the southwest corner of the Rioja Baja. Since the 19th century it is has been owned by the Escudero family, and some of the company’s wines are released under the Bodegas Escudero label. The family owns about 250 vineyard acres, most of which are planted to the red grapes Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Garnacha and Graciano. The estate also makes white wines and sparkling wines.


Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.