2009 Goyo García Viadero "Viñas de Anguix" (Viñas de Arcilla) Ribera del Duero

SKU #1135864 95 points Wine & Spirits

 Like an exhibitionist, this Ribera shows off its freshness for anyone who cares to see. Floral in its scent, vibrantly refreshing in its red fruit flavor and taut texture, this is, above all, easy to drink. But the word "easy" in this context does not mean "simple." The layers of flavors and aromas last in a juicy red, with more vivacity than most any Ribera del Duero wine you’re likely to come across: The wine feels electric and agile. Anguix grows on clay and limestone soils at 2,300 feet in elevation, the lowest site for García Viadero’s three single-vineyard wines. He believes this vineyard produces the "most Ribera" wine of his reds, the ripest and most concentrated. His others are even further off the charts.  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

Goyo García Viadero belongs to a storied wine family; together with his sister Yolanda he owns Bodegas Valduero, one of the original wineries to form the Ribera del Duero D.O. back in the early 1980s. While he has made wine at Valduero for a number of years and continues to help out there, his main focus these days is on his own label. Here, Goyo produces Ribera del Duero wines that absolutely sing with intense Tempranillo flavors complicated by unusually high levels of acidity and subtle, enveloping aromatics. How does he do it? His secrets include: only using fruit from very old, "en vaso" trained vines; harvesting for acidity (as opposed to looking primarily for ripeness); co-fermenting with white grape varieties (as was traditionally done in this and many other regions up until fairly recently); using only older barrels ("a new barrel for me is around 5 years old," says Goyo); and eliminating the usage of SO2 during elevage. Arcilla is Spanish for clay. The wine is so named because the 80 year-old vineyard is planted on sandy clay soils. This is the most intense and lushly fruited wine of Goyo's Ribera del Duero trio. That said, compared to other Riberas it is still more like a Chambolle-Charmes! 100% Tinto Fino for this beautiful, elegant wine. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
This wine is one of three simply stunning Goyo Garcia wines we carry. The Vinas de Anquix is in between the other two selections. It has more fruit than the Peruco, but it's less rich than the Valdeolmos. Frighteningly 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