2005 Valduero Reserva Ribera del Duero

SKU #1115024 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Reserva Cuvee was sourced from older vines and spent 30 months in barrel. It reveals an already complex bouquet of cedar, tobacco, spice box, incense, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. Suave on the palate, it has loads of succulent fruit, impeccable balance, tons of spice, and several years of cellaring potential. This lengthy offering can be enjoyed through 2025 if not longer.  (4/2010)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Jammy and rich, and amid the folds there are aromas of roasted plum, cassis and mineral. The wine has good weight and structure, with sweet, tasty flavors of cassis and black cherry. Finishes sweet and maybe a tiny bit baked, but overall this is Ribera as it should be.  (5/2011)

K&L Notes

Valduero, in Gumiel de Mercado, is about 10 miles from the town of Aranda Del Duero. Yolanda Garcia Viadero is the winemaker and one of the two daughters of the founder. The sisters run Valduero together based on their father's vision and principles, believing that the Tinto Fino grape is particularly well-suited to their unique limestone/clay/sandy soils. With head-pruned bush vines, no irrigation, and no artificial fertilizer or pesticides, Garcia Viadero creates wines that are long-lasting and powerful. She ages her wines far beyond the typical ageing requirements set forth by the D.O. The D.O. requires 12 months in barrel and 24 months minimum in bottle before release for all Reserva wine designates. For her Reservas, Yolanda ages 30 months in barrel and 18 months in bottle. (Sarah Covey, Spanish Wine Liason Redwood City)

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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