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The Meaty 2005 Bodegas Valsacro, Dioro


This wine from Bodegas Valsacro is imported by Kysela Pere et Fils and available for $20 at MacArthurs.  The estate is located in the southwestern corner of Rioja Baja.  The family has been in the wine industry for generations and has worked hard over the last 15 years to transform the estate.  The vineyards are a combination of old field blends, 28-year-old Tempranillo parcels, and 25-year-old Mazuela parcels.

Vineyard, Image from Bodegas Valsacro

The Dioro wine is produced following a four-stage selection process: an initial field selection of fruit, a table selection, a tank selection, and finally a barrel selection.  As a result, only the best fruit and wine is used for the Dioro.  This is certainly worth drinking if you are looking to try a modern style Rioja.  While I prefer more traditional Rioja, I enjoyed this wine and was particularly captivated by the interesting nose.

2005 Bodegas Valsacro, Dioro, Rioja
The previous vintages was produced from 40% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, 10% Graciano, and 10% Mazuela.   The wine is aged for 12-14 months in new French oak barrels.  With a short amount of air this became an interesting wine with a meaty nose containing notes of salty Old Bay seasoning.  In the mouth this modern wine has salty dark red fruit and good ripeness that is balanced with acidity.  Though it is still quite dense and will benefit from short-term aging, it is quite a good drink right now. **(**) 2015-2020.

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