Feb 25, 2020
Ribera del Duero makes some of the most outstanding Tempranillo
in the world. Located in the northwest of the Spain, about two
hours north of Madrid, Ribera del Duero has been making wine for
2,600 years but its modern story is one of a dynamic, changing
region that is improving every year. This is an exciting region and
an example of Spain's willingness to change, improve and go the
distance to produce excellent quality wine.
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Here are the show notes:
- Ribera del Duero is on an elevated northern plateau of the
Iberian Peninsula. Altitude of more than 2,000 feet, varied soils
that include limestone cliffs, and the Duero river are defining
features of the region.
- The region follows the course of the Duero river for
approximately 115 km/70mi upstream from the southern plains of
Burgos, west to Valladolid and includes parts Segovia and
Soria to the south and east. The west has the most aromatic wines,
the central has fruitier wines, and the east has big, bold
- The climate of the region has influences of Mediterranean,
Atlantic, and continental climates, but is generally pretty extreme
(‘three months of winter and nine months of hell’) with hot summers
and huge diurnals that result in slow ripening and a long growing
- The wines are usually 100% Tempranillo but are allowed to
include up to 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Malbec with no
more than 5% of Garnacha or the white that is native to this area,
- These wines are powerful with a full body, black fruit notes
and flavors from oak like smoke, vanilla, and tobacco. The best
ones are balanced with acidity and tannin.
- Along with Rioja, Ribera del Duero is the only Spanish wine
region that utilizes crianza, reserva and gran reserva for the
aging and labeling of its wines.
Top Producers: Aalto, Alión (owned by Vega Sicilia), Alonso del
Yerro, Emilio Moro, Pago de Carraovejas, Pesquera, Dominio de
Pingus, Vega Sicilia , O Fournier, Hacienda del Monasterio
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