2014 Lambuena Crianza Ribera del Duero

SKU #1352836 91 points Wine & Spirits

 Expansive in all its aspects, this has dark, ripe, sweet layers of fruits and spices building into a hyper-generous body. With its pungent acidity, savage tannins and oak flavors, it needs at least five years to gain balance, but all the components of a very good Ribera del Duero are here. Just be patient.  (6/2017)

90 points James Suckling

 The super-ripe blackberry, bitter chocolate and tar notes pour from the glass but, on the palate, the scale is more human and the fullish tannins are quite fine-grained. If the finish was longer, this would rate higher. Drink now or hold.  (8/2018)

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 (these days, this is very difficult to find in this D.O.) Though the wines consist primarily of Tempranillo ("tinto fino" in the local parlance), there is a small amount of Merlot grown as well, a grape that has been growing in the region since at least the late 19th century (and is still part of Vega Sicilia's plantings). A careful hand harvest, native yeast fermentation, fermentation in tank followed by aging in French and American oak barrels (with a four year barrel rotation) all add up to very good, traditional Ribera del Duero wine. The crianza shows black cherry fruit, hints of licorice, subtly smoky/sweet spices, and an overall balance and structure that we all too seldom find in modern day Ribera del Duero wines. This should continue to improve in bottle for at least another 7 years.


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