2005 Vinedos Alonso del Yerro "Maria" Ribera del Duero (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Maria is purple/black, brooding aromatically with an array of licorice, tar, truffle, blackberry, and blueberry. This densely packed wine demands 8-10 year of cellaring and will offer a drinking window extending from 2018 to 2040. The current owners purchased this estate in 2002 and hired Stephane Derenoncourt of Bordeaux renown as consultant. The Alonso del Yerro cuvee, made from 100% Tempranillo, typically goes through ML in barrel followed by 12 months sur lie with batonnage in new French oak. The Maria cuvee (also 100% Tempranillo) is fermented in new oak vats, goes through a longer maceration than the Alonso bottling, and is aged in new French oak for 18 months sur lie with batonnage. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark purple. Deep cherry-cola, anise and espresso aromas, with suave vanilla and floral nuances. Chewy dark fruit flavors are complicated by graphite, violet pastille and succulent herbs. A bit clenched on the powerful finish but this has impressive concentration and energy.
More peppery. Rich, dense and lovely freshness. Very powerful and dark and concentrated. Chewy still but tannins are fine. Probably needs even longer than the 2006. 17.5++/20 points. Drink 2010-2022.