1994 Bodegas Reyes "Teofilo Reyes" Ribera del Duero

SKU #998177 95 points Wine Spectator

 **Cellar Selection and #8 of Top 100 Wines of 1997** Gorgeous. Seriously aromatic, this Spanish red explodes with toast, smoke, coconut and vanilla aromas and flavors, with plenty of ripe fruit notes beneath. The tannins are big but beautifully framed, the wine is concentrated but completely harmonious and should improve for a decade. 9,000 cases made  (6/1997)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The winemaker behind the debut vintage of this wine is 72-year old Teofilo Reyes. For two decades (before his retirement in 1994), he was Pesquera's winemaker. After his retirement, he fulfilled a life-long dream - producing his own wine under his name. Only 1000 cases are available of this exceptionally concentrated wine from one of Spain's most legendary winemakers. It is a dark purple-colored wine, with a nose of wonderfully pure scents of black-raspberries, truffles, minerals, smoke, and licorice. The wine, aged in 100% new oak, seems to have soaked up the wood, as it plays a very minor part in the background of this lavishly rich, silky-textured, full-bodied wine made from 100% Tinta del Pais. The wine has been bottled and is scheduled to arrive in September. A marvelous example of a Ribera del Duero, it can be drunk when released and should last for 15-20 years. Bravo! (RP)  (6/1996)

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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