Vina Valoria Gran Reserva Rioja 1973

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1973 Viña Valoria Rioja Gran Reserva
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1973 Vina Valoria is my pick of two mature vintages that I tasted. (The bodegas apparently has abundant stocks of older wines.) It is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 10% Mazuelo. It continues to offer a surprisingly rich bouquet of red berry fruit, sloes, molasses and cigar box that benefits from an hour’s worth of decanting, during which it attains great harmony. The palate is well-balanced and sweet, with honey-tinged red fruit, fresh dates, raisin and a touch of toffee. Again, the palate seems to thrive with aeration and what is initially a slightly cloying finish, ends up well-delineated and refined. This little gem is certainly worth seeking out and it certainly appears to have the substance to continue its glacial evolution.

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