2016 Valderiz Ribera del Duero

SKU #1450490 96 points Wine Spectator

 The dense, polished texture carries rich, harmonious flavors in this elegant red. Blackberry and currant notes mingle with espresso, mineral, licorice and spice accents. Lovely floral hints emerge on the long, clean finish. Beautifully sculpted. (TM)  (11/2019)

94 points James Suckling

 This has a very rich and fresh array of ripe dark berries and plums, earthy notes and attractively spicy oak influence. The palate has a very sleek, fresh and enlivened feel with lots of energy and depth. Great tannins. Drink or hold.  (6/2019)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2019 | Send Email
Not even that close to the glass, you can tell that this is going to be dark and fruity. On the nose there are aromas of blackberry, wet slate and cherry liquor. It almost has a Priorat-does-Ribera thing going on here. But on the palate, its a different story: There's plenty of structure and grip. This wine makes total sense to me. It is a nice, clean, modern-styled Ribera del Duero that will equally satisfy newcomers to the region and veterans alike.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
The aromas alone are worth the price of admission - copious blackberry, asphalt, and violets. The palate is deep with resounding deep fruit, a ton of structure, mouthwatering acidity, and fine mineral-laced tannins. Rarely have I seen a Ribera del Duero with as much structure - this will be one for the long haul but is still very impressive at this stage.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
With aromas of dark berries with a hint of fine spice and earth all backed by a restrained use of French Oak. It verges on heady and just tempts you to jump into the glass. Where this wine really shines in on the palate. This is full and almost lush on the palate. The dark fruit is backed with polished tannins and creamy, spicy chocolate-e, espresso-e oak. This is modern elegant Ribera del Duero, the fruit and earth can come from no place else, the polished oak elevates and softens its accent making this an ideal red for all hearty red wine drinkers.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine lets you know it is something special, focused, dense, with waves of spice and fruit. On the palate the wine has a supple power, the concentrated focused middle gives one a tubular sensation of polished richness. The flavors are nascent, brooding and developing in the glass. A long finish with just hints of barrel spice but remarkable power and palate persistence. A Blockbuster wine capable of long aging but with an hour or four of decanting now this wine will knock your socks off.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
A sexy, modern Ribera del Duero, with plenty of the classic dark fruit and spice, but a poise and refined oak profile that pushes through the middle, past the denser core an into the prettier finish. The friendly star anise and slate flavors at the start give way to the elegant fruit and finally into a honeysuckle end. One more bottle to add to the "Good Reasons to Drink More Ribera," list.

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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