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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. 

Bardos 2014 Ribera del Duero Reserva 750ml

$39.04

Modern, with good structure and complexity, and solely produced in the best years.  A dark cherry-red colour with purplish tones on the rim, the nose releases aromas of forest fruits, balsamic hints, with touches of spices and chocolate. Structured...

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Bodegas Valduero 2015 Crianza Ribera Del Duero 750ml

$50.34

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 2014 Valbuena 750ml

$369.48

The 2014 Valbuena, mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Merlot fermented by plot, making a selection from their 210 hectares of vineyards, and then matured in a combination of barriques and larger 20,000-liter oak vats. 2014 is a spectacular vintage of...

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