Typically Riojan blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano – same proportions as Tondeluna but a different use of oak to give more complexity. Aromas of black cherry and dark fruits, toasty notes from the wood and secondary sensations from the malolactic fermentation.
Vallemayor has been the principal Rioja agency in Morgenrot’s portfolio for decades. They combine modern technology and traditional knowledge for the elaboration of their wines. American and French oak 225 ltr casks for the ageing are replaced when they’re six years old, assuring the best quality for the wines.
90 points – Decanter, March 2020
“A crunch of cherry, vanilla and chocolate with a grip of energetic acidity and a spicy, concentrated edge.”
Drinking Window 2020 – 2023
Full bodied and very well balanced between a fruity bouquet and vanilla flavours resulting from its 12 months in both American and French oak barrels. It has a soft and very smooth finish.
About the Producer
Vallemayor is the result of the dreams and vision of Luis Perez Foncea. He was forced by an illness to retire from working in the long established family vineyards and began selling wines from his home town of Fuenmayor. After many years he was able to realise his dream of building his own winery to develop his passion for the elaboration of wonderful Rioja wines.
The high quality of these wines ensured a commercial success and Luis’ sons took over in 1996, registering the new name Vallemayor for the still family owned business.
Nowadays Luis Carlos and Rafael Perez run the company with the same passion as their father, and still draw on the advice of their mother Fabiola Gonzalez.
The 70ha estate, growing predominantly Tempranillo, is owned by the family and they have direct control over a further 60ha of local growers. The winery, built in 1984, has undergone recent improvements and expansion. A new visitor centre with a beautiful tasting room now welcomes customers and the high quality of the wines is guaranteed by completely new winemaking machinery.