2006 Valpidio Ribera del Duero (Previously $25)

SKU #1054776

Produced by a cooperative located in a remote village within the Ribera del Duero DO, this is very impressive wine. Despite the obvious quality of this wine, which is rich, aromatic, and as intensely flavored as you'd expect of a wine utilizing fruit from vines that are up to 100 years old, the distributor had a tough time moving it at its old price, so now we have a terrific deal on the remaining quantity.  If you enjoy experimenting with different expressions of Ribera del Duero, this would be a great wine to try out. 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Valpidio is 100% Tempranillo from vines averaging 40 years of age. It was aged for 8 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it delivers an enticing perfume of smoke, Asian spices, leather, and blackberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, spicy wine with ample fruit and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. Nicely balanced and long in the finish, it should drink well through 2020. It is an excellent value in Ribera del Duero." (02/08)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2010  | Send Email
The first thing I thought when I nosed this wine was Mclaren Vale Shiraz. Certainly not the full throttle intensity of the real thing, but more like the ethereal essence of wild blackberries, blueberry pancake syrup, fennel seed and oak spice. On the palate the wine is far from a fruit bomb. It's light+ to medium bodied with semi-firm tannins and a vervy intensity, with those wild berry flavors coming forth with hints of mocha and/or chocolate covered espresso beans. Clean finish with a tiny hint of damp earth. All this for $12.99? Wow!! The glass for lunch left over from the bottle at dinner the night before was even better, so pop this a couple hours ahead of time if you think of it.

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 3/30/2010 
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What is it about Spanish tempranillo that is often better on day 2 or 3? This is yet another example. but let me state my preference biases before I go any further: I do NOT appreciate the modern, Parkerized versions of value wines from Spain. If they trade terroir for higher alcohol and fruit bomby-ness, I'm gone. So imagine my disdain when I opened this wine and nosed a New World take on Ribera del Duero...and I promptly put a cork in it and let it sit for a day...then two.... On day two, the wine found its terroir and became the wine that the K&L guys are talking about. For $13, an excellent value. For $25, skip it and talk to K&L's John Majeski about what's on his mind lately.
Drink from 2010 to 2014

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 14