Vina Valoria Gran Reserva Rioja 1968

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1968 Viña Valoria Rioja Gran Reserva

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This is one of two beautiful, older bottlings from this little known Rioja producer. I respectfully disagree with Dr. Jay Miller's assessment of this wine; I find it to be delicious, but not by any means "more substantial" than the 1973. Darker fruited and with a structure more reminiscent of Bordeaux, to be sure, the wine also shows hints of dill and a savory, meaty quality. Regardless of which wine one prefers, though, this or the more Burgundian '73, both are clearly terrific values that show how beautifully Rioja ages. Despite their vintage, if tasted this blind I would have a tough time believing that either of these wines were much more than 20 years of age. Both wines from Valoria are perfect to mark special occasions, as well as to put in a line-up for anyone who wants to assemble a tasting of fullly mature reds. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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