2009 Valderiz Ribera del Duero
*The Enthusiast 100 of 2014* This is an exemplary RDD with an ideal mix of leather, black fruit, spice and toast aromas. The palate is free-flowing, with balance and power but also elegance. Flavors of oaky toast, mixed spices, licorice and molasses come with ribald berry and cassis, while the finish shows blackened toast, bitter chocolate, warmth and length. Drink this ideal Spanish red now through 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The fabulous 2009 Valderiz comes from 30- to 70-year-old vines and is blended with 5% Albillo before aged for 20 months in mainly French oak (50% new). Again, one is impressed by both the precision and clarity on the nose, the vibrant effervescent red berry fruit being allowed to express itself. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, fleshy tannins. There is fine grip here and lovely touches of orange zest and a little balsamic on the elegant finish. This is a top-notch wine that should age with style. Drink 2013-2020. I was very impressed by the wines of Bodegas y Vinedos Valderiz: mostly Ribera del Dueros with character, precision and vivacity. These are well worth seeking out. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by licorice and black pepper nuances. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and anise flavors with a touch of cracked pepper. Finishes with good energy and a touch of heat, leaving spicy dark fruit and bitter chocolate notes behind.
Located in the district of Roa, one of the best villages for vineyards in Ribera del Duero, and perhaps not coincidentally, where the offices of the RDD consejo are based, Valderiz makes great wines from Tempranillo grapes in the region's intensely chalky, high plateau vineyards. This is ideally paired with anything grilled, particularly steaks or lamb chops. As the review suggests, this wine should improve very nicely, developing more subtly savory flavors, while still retaining all that mouthwatering fruit, over at least the next 7-8 years -- in my opinion, longer. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)