Alvaro Palacios Alfaro Rioja 'Quinon de Valmira'
The nose of Valmira is always beautiful and the 2020 is especially stunning. Redcurrants and blackberries mingle with an aroma of summer pudding, supported by gentle notes of cinnamon spice and a top note of orange peel. This is a 90% Garnacha wine and as such it is medium only in colour with a sweet red fruit intensity and gentleness about it.
The palate is astonishing… oh Valmira! It is very tight at present and needs much more time to open up but a huge number of ultra-fine tannins course around the mouth, still pert but then dissolving like chalk powder on the palate. The fine, focused, precise, lifted raspberry fruit sings through with a herbal edge of wild oregano. Notes of sweet, small wild strawberries persist with a fine crystalline note of minerality on the long finish. The fruit profile may be a touch gentler than Pinot Noir but there is still something stunningly reminiscent of Burgundy about this. It is so long, and just so lovely. Drink 2026-2040.