Ribera del Duero

vegasicilia.jpgBy Megan Cole CC BY 2.0

Over the last 25 years, Ribera del Duero has become one of Spain's most respected red wine producing regions, rivaling Rioja for the quality of its Tempranillo (called Tinto Fino in Ribera) based wines. Its most famous winery is Vega Sicilia, which has been producing world class wines since the 19th Century, but in recent decades names like Aalto, Pingus and many others have achieved their own fame. Ribera has the reputation of producing more "modern" reds than "traditional" Rioja, meaning more forward fruit and less oak influence. 

Bodegas Valduero 2015 Crianza Ribera Del Duero 750ml


Mild cherry and berry aromas include a dash of baking spices. A crisp racy palate is based on fresh acidity and tight tannins. Earthy plum, cherry and currant flavors are the slightest bit oxidized, while this is steady and sturdy on the finish. Score:...

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Vega Sicilia Reserva Especial R20 750ml


To be released in 2020, the NV Único Reserva Especial 2020 Release is a non-vintage blend of 59 barrels from 2008, 2009 and 2010, mostly Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been getting closer to the style of the Único,...

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Vega Sicilia 2010 Unico 750ml


I was surprised by the aromatics of the 2010 Único, cropped from a powerful and concentrated year that delivered this blend of 94% Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 14.5% alcohol and a highish pH of 3.87. It fermented...

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Vega Sicillia 2016 Alion 750ml


Glass-staining violet. Heady smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, plus hints of vanilla and cola in the background. Densely packed, alluringly sweet and focused on the palate, offering intense black...

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