1995 Bodegas Reyes "Teofilo Reyes" Tinto Cosecha Ribera del Duero

SKU #270046 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1995 Bodegas Reyes, which is about to be released, is a highly promising wine. Reyes, who practices malolactic fermentation in small casks, uses 100% Tinta del Pais grapes (from 40-year old vines), and aims for maximum extraction and little or no manipulation (this wine is bottled unfiltered). The 1995 exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by a terrific nose of black fruits, licorice, spice, and smoke. The wine is dense, rich, and full-bodied, with no heaviness or overbearing, astringent tannin. Everything is seamless in this beautifully made, pure, full-bodied, intense Ribera del Duero. It should drink well young, and last for 10-15+ years. (RP)  (10/1997)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This powerful red is chock-full of the chocolate and coffee flavors of new American oak, and ripe fruit notes of plum and cassis. The tannins are firm but not overwhelming, the finish is long and clean. A modern wine in the international style that benefits from decanting before serving. (TM)  (5/1998)

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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