Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2021 edition article Singular Sensation (by Tim Atkin MW) on the new single-vineyard designations in Rioja (see blue link below for the review).
Conde Valdemar, Finca Alto Cantabria 2019 - March 2021 Decanter review
NB: A note on pricing is necessary here: the Decanter review offers a rather optimistic price of £14-16. Three or so vintages ago - and before the new Rioja designations - such a price may have been possible. It isn't now: it reaches reaches us at markedly above that price!
Since the 1980s, Conde Valdemar has become a reference point in Rioja, making wines that stand out because of their sheer quality and wines that were nurtured as a great commitment to innovation.
They are pioneers in the wine, breaking away from fixed patterns ... exemplified by this, their barrel-fermented white Rioja, a wine made from grapes harvested from a unique, single vineyard, Finca Alto Cantabria. This created a stir in 1987 by being the first white wine fermented in barrels in the Rioja appellation. Twenty-five years later, it was selected as one of the best 100 wines in the world in 2013 by Wine Spectator. They were chosen as one of the best 5 wineries in La Rioja in the last 25 years by Wine & Spirits magazine, Conde Valdemar is acknowledged as synonymous with quality and continuity the world over. They make their wine using grapes from their own estate vineyards, which means they are not only able to guarantee the maximum quality, but also able to provide a wider range of products.
For for details of this wine, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Conde Valdemar, Finca Alto Cantabria 2019 - fiche technique
It has a light straw yellow colour with greenish hues, clean and bright. It displays intense aromas of white flowers such as orange blossoms and stone fruit, like pears, with a delicate background of dried fruit notes, such as hazelnuts along with subtle smoky aromas provided by the oak ageing. Complex, smooth, fresh with a tasty, sapid character typical of the limestone soil of our Alto Cantabria estate. With a vibrant and elegant aftertaste.