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Alegre Valgañón Rioja Blanco '16


Alegre Valgañón Rioja Blanco '16

Alegre Valgañón is one of the newer wineries to emerge out of Rioja, established around 2010 by husband-wife team, Oscar Alegre and Eval Valgañón. Alegre Valgañón is located in the far western reaches of Rioja, at the base of the Obarenes Mountains. Soils found here are similar to those throughout Rioja Alavesa and Alta, with limestone rich clay and sand. Traditional/sustainable viticulture is employed, with only organic fertilizers and without herbicides.

Although what we now consider to be the traditional style of Rioja that emerged less than 150 years ago, Rioja had a long winemaking history prior to the arrival of phylloxera. Grape cultivation arrived during Roman times, and—just as in France—monasteries were instrumental in codifying the best vineyards and varieties. The local Riojas were often fermented with their stems, and the quality of one’s grapes was a point of pride.

Alegre Valgañón channels this deeply-rooted, earlier traditional style. This style can be described as featured viticulture and winemaking on a far smaller scale, allowing vine-by-vine attention to fruit quality, and the inclusion of stems during fermentation and shorter time in larger barrels, specifically French oak as it loses its flavor impact much faster than American oak. These wines are pure reflection of the land.

This is made from 90% Viura and 10% Garnacha from the town of Galbarruri, just at the base of the Obarenes mountains. The intact bunches are pressed slowly with their stems. This juice is fermented in stainless, then aged in used French demi-muid for over a year. Only 350 cases produced annually. The wine shows hints of exotic fruits, subtle stone fruit character with a slight creamy edge to it. Soft, airy tannins keeps the wine fairly light weight and very, very drinkable.




Producer Alegre Valgañón
Vintage 2016
Format 750ml


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In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

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1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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