2014 VALDUBÓN TEMPRANILLO

Formerly known as Valdubón Cosecha

Valdubon Cosecha

The Grape

Valdubón is made solely from Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto del País. Other authorized grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha. Although Albillo, a white variety, is authorized, it is used only as a blending grape in DO wines since only reds and rosados (rosés) are authorized.

The overall vineyard area is just over 13,500 hectares or roughly 33,300 acres. This is relatively small. As a comparison, there are about 38,000 acres of vines in Napa County. Because of this limited production and high quality, Ribera del Duero wines are in great demand. In the harsh climate, the Tempranillo grape makes a wine of great power and concentration. This has led leading winemakers to use little if any Cabernet Sauvignon, preferring to make their top wines from 100% Tempranillo, as is the case with Valdubón.

The Blend

100% Tempranillo

Tasting Notes

A dark wine, a brilliant cherry red with vivacious maroon reflections. Its full potential is clear on the nose with a refreshing aroma packed with strawberries, red plums and raspberries enveloped in lactic notes. Very smooth on the palate, with low tannin content. Its lively acidity affords a vivacious attack, well-balanced with the alcohol content. Subsequently, a correct evolution shows its entire fruity potential. The mid-palate is light and very drinkable, inviting you to take the next sip. A pleasant finish with acidic red berries. Ready for immediate consumption, although the structure will allow this wine to remain in the bottle for a long period without loss of character.

Wine Ratings & Reviews

86 POINTS - 2013 Vintage
"Cherry, vanilla, clove and leafy flavors are supported by modest tannins and fresh acidity in this bright, polished red. It's not a big wine, but has balance and focus. Drink now through 2018."
- Wine Spectator, November 2015

FEATURED - 2012 Vintage
"Bright fruit flavors of black cherry and boysenberry, with vanilla accents, are supported by light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity in this round red."
- Wine Spectator, November 2014

FEATURED - 2012 Vintage
"Dark violet, blueberry and earthy black plummy fruit greets the nose along with streaks of licorice and medicinal spice. Tight, focused and just a bit tart on entry, this open nicely on the palate featuring soft, almost plush fruit underpinned with firm, slight rustic tannins. There’s some nice fruit here, blueberry and plum toned, but the emerging savory nuance adds attractive complexity. It’s a pretty well behaved wine showing a hint of sophistication yet retaining the rugged character of Ribera."
- Snooth, March 2014
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