2013 Dominio del Aguila Ribera del Duero

SKU #1327020 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 2013 was certainly not an easy vintage in Ribera del Duero, but it's one of those years where the ones that knew how to read the vintage achieved better wines than in an 'easy' vintage. I'd say that's clearly the case of the 2013 Reserva from Jorge Monzón. It's aromatic, expressive, floral and still very Ribera, subtler and fresher without losing the essence of the place. They already have their style, identifiable; they always use 100% full clusters, but only use grapes from ripe stems, even in 2013, a year where it was easy to find herbal aromas and lack of ripeness in too many wines. The challenge in a vintage like this with old vines and mixed varieties is that some of them didn't achieve the necessary ripeness and they had to keep them out of the vats. It has the spark of electricity, the tastiness and emotion of the greatest wines from the region. It's balanced and fresh, in a very different way from the 2012, with a different texture. It's in vintages like this when people demonstrate what they are capable of, and often produce their best wines. I think this is the case with this Reserva, which has to be among the best wines produced in the appellation in 2013. Simply stunning!  (2/2017)

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In a very quick amount of time, Dominio del Aguila has emerged to establish itself as one of the top producers in Ribera del Duero. This 2013 is a fantastic example of the style here, which comes from not only old vine Tempranillo but also some heirloom Bobal and Garnacha. Nearly three years of ageing in barrel, along with a large portion of stem inclusion, also helps to define the style at Dominio de Aguila.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2017 | Send Email
A more serious, young Ribera del Duero I have yet to taste, except for perhaps one or two fresher, more aromatic vintages of Vega Sicilia (the 1999 comes to mind) I don't draw that comparison lightly, particularly as Vega Sicilia costs upwards of $350 upon release, and of course is the original high end Spanish collectible wine. That said, if this 2013 vintage of Domninio del Aguila is any indication, I think it's not a stretch to say that this wine is every bit as good, and perhaps nearly its rival in terms of long term ageability. Time of course will tell, but I love this wine for its salted plum flavors, with a truly Castillian soil inflection and mineral backbone, alongside balanced, subtle spicy/sweet notes from the oak (35 months in oak, in fact, not quite Vega length elevage but certainly longer than the normal these days). I encourage anyone - Vega Sicilia collector or simply Spanish wine fan - to check out this fantastic new Ribera del Duero producer.

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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 (%): 14