2009 Alfredo Maestro Castrillo del Duero

SKU #1086331

I first met Alfredo Maestro Tejero at a wine fair organized by L'anima del Vi, a very good shop in Barcelona's Gracia neighborhood. His wines struck me as being so pure, clean and well made, that I was immediately intrigued, and thrilled to hear that an importer we regularly work with would be bringing the wines in. Maestro Tejero is based in Peñafiel, in Ribera del Duero, but due to his disagreement in what constitutes "typicity" in the region as recognized by the D.O., he operates outside the organization and bottles his wines as table wines. They are much better than mere table wines, though; in fact these are some of the most exciting young wines I've tasted from the region. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish buyer)

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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