2009 Valderiz Ribera del Duero

SKU #1167391 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (12/2014)

93 points 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)  (2/2013)

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.  (9/2014)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2014 | Send Email
Given this wine's fruit intensity, clear expression, persistence on the palate and impressive balance in youth, I would challenge fans of the fuller bodied, dark berry fruited wines of the world to find something as delicious for under $30. Yes, of course this stuff is subjective, but I've tasted enough similarly priced and styled wines this year to reach that conclusion - if you like bigger, spicy reds and enjoy some structural tannic grip, this wine is for you. Also, for those with a cellar, this wine should improve nicely. Begin checking in on it another 5 years from now to observe a classic Ribera del Duero rich darker fruit to savory, elegant, meaty, chalk tinged minerality transformation!

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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