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To all Wine Exchangers,
Yes, we managed to score another cache of one of our fastest-selling Rioja deals ever.  And, since our last report, the wine has picked up not one, but two 93-point scores!  If you weren't convinced of this terrific modern spin on Rioja the first time there's no way to avoid this stunner now...
We have told the Valsacro (aka Vinsacro) story before.  Like before, you aren’t going to find this stuff in the spinning racks in the cheese section of your local grocery store.  In fact you aren’t likely to find it many places at all.  We only know about this one because we worked directly with the East Coast importer to bring it into this market. 
It was nearly a decade ago when we were first presented with Valsacro wines. The ‘Valsacro’ Dioro 2001 was a particularly memorable, classy, hedonistic offering. We saved a few bottles for ourselves and consumed them with gusto over the next couple of years. It was a hard wine not to like, in an engaging, tender, fruit driven, polished style. Sadly a whole decade passed before we saw the wine again.

It had nothing to do with the wine, but rather some rather tumultuous times in the distribution network here in California.  The importer finally got settled in to their current satisfaction and our lines of communication reopened with them.  Recently, they decided to reintroduce the wine to the west coast marketplace.  The winery had changed the name from ‘Valsacro’ to ‘Vinsacro’ (no idea why), but the beautifully textured blackberry/plum juice, and distinctive dusty spice notes caused the memories to come flooding back as soon as we tasted it.

Not only was the ‘Vinsacro’ back, the bottling we were presented back in November was from another spectacular vintage, 2010. Over the last six months, the Vinsacro moved five vintages forward to another sensational vintage, 2015.  Another sensational effort that elicited substantial verbiage from multitiudes of the wine trade!
Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutierrez, “The top of the range is the 2015 Vinsacro Dioro, a wine that is only produced in excellent vintages. It's a blend of 40% Vidau (the old field blend) plus 45% Tempranillo and 15% Mazuelo, from a slope in the south of the Monte Yerga called Cuesta la Reina, from a big, 120-hectare plot that has been with the Escudero family for generations. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel with a long maceration...”
“ It matured in new French (70%) and American oak barrels for 18 months. It's still very young and a little shy, with a reticent nose where the lactic and spicy aromas are intermixed with earthy and dark fruit aromas. The palate is full-bodied but perfectly balanced, compact, powerful and serious, with abundant tannins, extract and clout. This should develop nicely in bottle, given its stuffing and balance. An excellent, modern version of a classical Rioja...92 points.”

From Jeb Dunnuck: "I loved the 2015 Vinsacro Dioro Rioja...It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as smoking good notes of black currants, dried herbs, licorice, and background oak. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and layered on the palate, with terrific fruit and impeccable balance, I suspect it will shine for over a decade. 93 points."
 From Vinous' Josh Raynolds:  “Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Ripe black and blue fruits on the expansive, spice- and smoke-accented nose, along with suggestions of vanilla, candied flowers and cola. The oak qualities recede quickly on the palate, which displays sappy, deeply concentrated boysenberry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors that show a suave blend of richness and energy. Supple tannins build steadily on the penetrating finish, which leaves cherry-cola and baking spice notes behind. 93 points.”

A beautiful representation of the ‘new school, with a more vigorous fruit component but still admirable roundness, it is “perfectly balanced, compact, powerful, and serious” to be sure.  But it is also an inexplicably rousing value as well.  The Wine Advocate article shows the list price on this one at $65We are rolling it at $19.98!  
Vinsacro Dioro Rioja 2015
92 Points! The palate is full-bodied but perfectly balanced, compact, powerful and serious, with abundant tannins, extract and clout. This should develop nicely in bottle, given its stuffing and balance. An excellent, modern version of a classical Rioja. - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
ONLY $65

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