2005 Valtosatao Ribera del Deuro Legon Premium

SKU #1277508 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Premium is sourced from the estate’s oldest vines, some of them over 100 years. Malolactic fermentation was in new French oak followed by aging in another set of new barrels for over 24 months. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up a superb perfume of exotic spices, sandalwood, herbs, lavender, and assorted black fruits. Dense, rich, and plush on the palate, this large-scaled, powerful effort will benefit from anther 5-6 years of cellaring and will offer prime drinking from 2016 to 2030.  (6/2011)

92 points Vinous

 Saturated ruby. Heady, exotically perfumed bouquet displays dark berry and cherry liqueur, vanilla, cola and smoky Indian spices, with a strong note of potpourri. Sweet and energetic in the mouth, offering lush dark berry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by tangy minerality and a spicy quality. Floral pastille and vanilla notes linger on the very long, penetrating finish. This got the 200% new oak treatment and while it is undeniably modern, it's also extremely seductive, if you're open to those charms.  (9/2011)

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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