2011 VALDUBÓN RESERVA

Valdubon Reserva

Bodegas Valdubón is near the town of Milagros, a few miles south of Aranda de Duero. Valdubón was founded in 1997. A state-of-the-art production area and wine-making equipment were recently added to the facilities. The winery is surrounded by just under 100 choice acres of estate vineyards, all planted with Tempranillo.

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Tasting Notes

Deep, intensely red colour in glass with hints of violet. Complex and spicy on the nose, rich in ripe fruits intermingled with notes of licorice and nuts. On the palate it is bright, with good acidity, rich in ripe tannins, with an elegant attack and intense finish. To best enjoy this wine, we recommend decanting Valdubón Reserva 2011 thirty minutes before tasting.

Region & Vineyards

The Valdubón Reserva is produced using only the Tinta del País (Tempranillo) grape. The vines used to produce Valdubón are spread across different parts of the Ribera del Duero region, and are mainly found in the Roa, Pardilla and Milagros areas. The vines selected to produce Valdubón Reserva are over 30 years old, and are noted for the high concentration and exceptional aromatic potential of their grapes.

Vineyard care is subject to extremely close monitoring, focussing our efforts on controlling yield; the vines are thinned to obtain an average production of 6-7 bunches per vine, which represents a yield that never exceeds 4,500 kg. The quality of the grape is completed by green pruning, which ensures that the grape is properly ventilated and sunned throughout the entire ripening process.

Winemaking

Following destemming and squeezing, the grapes destined to produce wines with prolonged ageing are put in predetermined tanks. Fermentation takes place at 28°C over approximately 22 days. The entire production process is focussed on extracting as much polyphenolic material as possible without losing the aromatic potential of the wine. To achieve this, light pumping over takes place several times a day.

Crushing is monitored both analytically and organoleptically, with devatting when the wine achieves a good structure for its subsequent barrel ageing, without any sensations of greenness resulting from the extraction of tannins from the seeds.

Once devatted, malolactic fermentation takes place, with analytic evolution being monitored daily. On completion, the wine is decanted until clean and prepared for barrel ageing.

The Blend

100% Tempranillo

Analysis

Alcohol: 14% vol.
Total acidity: 3.3 g/l
pH: 3.72
Bottling date: July 2014

Wine, Ratings & Reviews

"Cherry and currant notes mingle with vanilla and orange peel flavors in this supple red."
- Wine Spectator, August 2016

90 POINTS - 2009 Vintage
"Cherry and plum aromas are accented by buttery oak, leather and animal notes. Solid in feel with firm tannins, this warm-vintage Tempranillo is ripe, loamy and loaded with berry and cassis flavors. A lightly raisiny finish is friendly and round. Drink though 2019."
-Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

GOLD, BEST OF CLASS - 2009 Vintage
"There is a savory and creamy vanilla undertone to the lush blueberry, plum, and cherry fruit. A juicy, appealing sipper."
- Sunset International Wine Competition, 2015

91 POINTS, BEST BUY - 2008 Vintage
"Everything in this wine pulses with energy, the tannins firm, the acidity electric, the fruit flavors reminiscent of tart black cherries and blackberries. The tension in the flavors makes this wine a perfect companion for paella with rabbit."
- Wine & Spirits, June 2015

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