2013 Lambuena Tinto Ribera del Duero

SKU #1211295 90 points Wine & Spirits

 Intense in its aromas of ripe black fruit, rich in flavors of blackberries and spice, this Ribera offers depths of earthiness and more delicate herbal details. The flavors last long, ready to serve with slow-braised pork.  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Located in the town of Roa, which is part of the Burgos district, Lambuena is a producer of D.O. Ribera del Duero wines and is one of our newest Spanish direct imports. Ideally situated in the central growing region of the Ribera del Duero, in an area known for the very high quality of its chalky clay soils and its extreme continental climate, Lambuena makes big, generously fruited, yet structured and ultimately classic Ribera del Duero wines, very difficult to find these days in this D.O. A careful hand harvest and native yeast fermentation in tank followed by a brief four month stint in French and American oak barrels all add up to a very good "roble," or briefly oaked, style of Ribera del Duero wine. Pair with steak or lamb chops! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish buyer)

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By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2016 | Send Email
Blackberry, black cherry, spice, plum and a thread of mineral on the back palate, this friendly introduction to the elegant wines of Ribera Del Duero will not disappoint! Medium plus acidity and medium tannin, this wine pairs well with ribs, a steak, burgers or chicken. Or, try it with the classic RDD pairing- lamb! You will be the star guest of the next BBQ you attend when you show up with this little gem in your hand! Case up, people!
Top Value!

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
A very well structured wine for under $15 that has earth and rusticity perfect for stews or barbecued meats.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
Surprisingly tannic and woodsy for such a young offering, this bold tinto from Lambuena provides hardy structure and deep fruit, all at a bargain price from a classic Ribera del Duero property.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2015 | Send Email
This is an intense, dark-fruited wine with plenty of structure and character. There is a touch of licorice and cocoa wrapped up in this medium-bodied red. When people describe a wine as having "earthy minerality" this is the wine they have in mind. This is a very serious offering for only $13!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2015 | Send Email
2013 was a cooler vintage in Ribera del Duero, and it seems to really have played to Lambuena's favor, if this young, very briefly oaked (4 months) red is any indication. Classic brooding, dark fruit aromas lead to a seriously structured, black fruited wine, with an evident gravelly sense of minerality, hints of licorice and solid tannin structure. Compared to last year, it's more serious, with less ripeness and wood spice, more Tempranillo grit and goodness. Hard to believe that there is so much material here for an "introductory" Ribera del Duero wine!

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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.

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5