2004 Bodegas Viyuela Crianza Ribera Del Duero (Previously $20)

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92 points Wine & Spirits: "There is an intriguing contrast between the superripe fig, chocolate and marron glacé flavors and the vibrant acidity in this crianza. Its texture is generous as a chocolate bar, refreshed by the acidity and the tension of its firm tannins. A good partner now for pork loin in a tinto fino sauce, this will age with grace over the next decade."

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Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2011 | Send Email
Rich and aromatic with an interesting chocolate component.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2010 | Send Email
'Desde el corazón'. From the heart of Ribera del Duero in Boada de Roa, an area once founded as a monastery in the 10th century, Bodegas Viyuela is a modern, efficient winery dedicated to crafting wines that evince the powerful, robust temperament of the famous wine-growing region. Made with 100% Tinto Fino (the regional name for Tempranillo) from old vines ranging from 20 to 60 years and matured in French and American oak for 16 months, the Viyuela Crianza is a relatively youthful wine with expressive layers of deeply-colored, ripe fruit and textural tannins, balanced by fine acidity. When I served this delicious wine for a few friends during a hearty meal of Cuban black beans, rice and roasted pork, it quickly disappeared. Go tell....

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2009 | Send Email
This wine is simply delicious! Deep inky color, loads of dried figs and chocolate, and a meaty, almost roast-beef note. All of that with a mushroom and forest floor frame, and great acidity, just to tell us this is Spain! Try with Merguez or Chorizo sausages, roast pork, lamb, beef potpie, moussaka, salt cod fritters, squid.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

Ribera del Duero