2005 Valduero Reserva Ribera del Duero
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Reserva Cuvee was sourced from older vines and spent 30 months in barrel. It reveals an already complex bouquet of cedar, tobacco, spice box, incense, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. Suave on the palate, it has loads of succulent fruit, impeccable balance, tons of spice, and several years of cellaring potential. This lengthy offering can be enjoyed through 2025 if not longer.
Jammy and rich, and amid the folds there are aromas of roasted plum, cassis and mineral. The wine has good weight and structure, with sweet, tasty flavors of cassis and black cherry. Finishes sweet and maybe a tiny bit baked, but overall this is Ribera as it should be.
Valduero, in Gumiel de Mercado, is about 10 miles from the town of Aranda Del Duero. Yolanda Garcia Viadero is the winemaker and one of the two daughters of the founder. The sisters run Valduero together based on their father's vision and principles, believing that the Tinto Fino grape is particularly well-suited to their unique limestone/clay/sandy soils. With head-pruned bush vines, no irrigation, and no artificial fertilizer or pesticides, Garcia Viadero creates wines that are long-lasting and powerful. She ages her wines far beyond the typical ageing requirements set forth by the D.O. The D.O. requires 12 months in barrel and 24 months minimum in bottle before release for all Reserva wine designates. For her Reservas, Yolanda ages 30 months in barrel and 18 months in bottle. (Sarah Covey, Spanish Wine Liason Redwood City)