Dominik Mueller

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2012 Bodegas Valdemar Conde Valdemar Reserva

Tasting note

2012 Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Conde de Valdemar Reserva

I wish everyone a happy lunar new year! It’s the year of the rabbit in the lunar calendar.

Deep, dark red with purple reflections. An aroma of wild berries, leather and vanilla. Warm, full mouthfeel. The dark fruit notes are joined by a spicy sweetness; probably the result of the ageing in oak barrels, as well as the alcohol. Long and dry finish. The medium acidity also has quite a long grip on the tongue. A red wine that goes well with meat dishes, but due to its heaviness may not produce such a smooth drinking flow as a soloist. Ultimately, it also lacks a little elegance. But hey, absolutely fine in its price segment! Presents itself well now and will last a few more years.

Drink through 2027.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 22 January 2023.


86Wines that have a DM84 to DM86 rating are average on a fine wine level. That means the wines have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that make them stand out in a positive way, such as a complex flavour profile or a very elegant tannin structure. Put differently, if offered a glass, I will gladly drink it. I might even have another one. Would I buy a bottle from this category for my own cellar? I might, yes. For example, wines with a DM84 to DM86 rating are usually not too demanding, so they can be a good fit for guests who are beginners to fine wine or very casual drinkers. In the WSET world, wines with a DM86 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 1.5 WSET score.
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2.0Wines with a 2.0 WSET rating are 'good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.0 usually get around 87 to 88 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2012
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Tempranillo
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Bodegas Valdemar
Region:La Rioja
Subregion:La Rioja Alta
Appellation:Rioja DOCa
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