2011 Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz Valdehermoso Ribera del Duero

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Located on prime, chalky real estate in the village of Roa del Duero, Valderiz makes some of the most serious wines of the region. Their 60 hectares are spread across 35 different parcels, trained "en vaso" or goblet, which owner Tomas Esteban feels is best for the vines in this land of extreme continental climate. Vineyards are organically farmed with some biodynamic preparations employed as well. Here is just one indicator of how desirable these vineyards are: Pingus (maker one of Spain's most expensive collectible wines) still calls every year looking to purchase fruit. This is classic Ribera del Duero Tempranillo full of bright, pure, intense berry fruit, framed by the region's telltale sturdy structure. Fermentation takes place in tank and occurs naturally, with native yeasts and absolutely no additives used. As the wine is also aged in tank (no oak for this wine) the focus is on delicious, transparent fruit. If in the region, the pairing for this wine would have to be lamb chops grilled over vine cuttings. Should you not have access to vine cuttings, grilling lamb on your preferred grill should do the trick. In fact, if you are fan of the grilled meats, you ought to consider loading up on this wine; it is that good.

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 14