2005 Vinedos Alonso del Yerro "Maria" Ribera del Duero (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1169511 96 points 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)  (6/2010)

90 points 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.  (7/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (11/2008)

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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.

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