2011 Bodegas Vizcarra Ramos "Senda del Oro" Roble Ribera del Duero

SKU #1121005 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Vizcarra Roble, 100% Tempranillo from organic vineyards, was aged seven months in both French and American oak. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuous nose of blackberries, new saddle leather, licorice, camphor and crushed rocks. With a superb texture and full-bodied mouthfeel, and built like a skyscraper, this multidimensional Ribera del Duero is already drinking fabulously well. It should continue to do so for up to a decade. These are sensational values from the highly renowned appellation of Ribera del Duero.  (8/ 2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Pungent aromas and flavors of candied black and blue fruits, licorice and violet, with a smoky overtone. Sappy and expansive, finishing with impressive power and slow-mounting tannins.  (9/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Vizcarra is back, this time with a juicy, red fruited expression of Ribera that is more about fruit and early drinkability than our previous Vizcarra Roble, but what a joy to drink! Mixed berry fruit flavors intermingle with hints of licorice in this forward Tempranillo based wine. The oak is very nicely balanced, providing some additional structure for drinking over the next several years, but there is no need to cellar; this wine is ready to go.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/6/2013  | Send Email
Vizcarra is making very sound, fruit forward Ribera del Duero. The wine has classic Tempranillo fruit flavors: think red plums, some berries, licorice, and an overall character that definitely speaks to modern day Ribera del Duero, without any of the forced extraction and overt oakiness afflicting some of the other wineries in the area. So if you want clean, bright fruit, with a touch of oak and a good representation of Tempranillo as it tastes in Ribera del Duero, this is your wine.

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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

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