This is from a cool terroir in Laguardia with no afternoon sun, and has a pretty, lithe structure. Our notes say “Modern, rich, beautiful. Red plums, allspice and full body. Grenadine.” Suckling loved its “Aromas of flowers, hot stone and blackberry follow through to a medium to full body, superb density and balance. Precise wine that shows beautiful focus.” This is a fantastically pure and complete bottle of Rioja, the kind of wine to pour for someone who is new to the appellation and wants to see what kind of horsepower is possible from Tempranillo.
I tasted the 2014 Valdeginés in the context of the 2015 vintage and following the sensations I got from the unbottled wine some 16 months ago. This Tempranillo is from organically farmed vines 35 to 40 years old. It fermented in open-top oak vats for 10 to 12 days, with two daily pigéages and one soft remontage after a 24- to 48-hour cold soak. The élevage was 12 months and malolactic was also in barrique. This always had more elegance and minerality than La Poza—the two vineyards are next to each other, Valdeginés with the morning sun and La Poza getting the afternoon sun. It's very fine and elegant, a vineyard that keeps the elegance in more powerful years.