Opulent, intense Ribera brimming with overripe blackberry and plum fruits over a frame of well-judged, toasty oak. Full bodied, with a moderately-tannic wash of black fruit, pepper and menthol. Very powerful and impressive.
Drink 2012-2020, after decanting, with fillet steak, charred red meats and game stew.
2009 Ribera del Duero vintage report
"Very hot conditions gave average temperatures above the infamous 03 vintage. However, timely rains ... relieved the vines and rescued the vintage. Very good quality."Jancis Robinson MW
The Ribera del Duero, which was awarded DO status in 1982, spans the upper valley of the river Duero. At some 800m above sea level, the growing season is relatively short, and frost is an ever-present threat in spring, though temperatures can soar in summer to a scorching 40 degrees celsius.
The region's principal grape variety is Tinta del Pais (synonyms include Tinto Fino and, of course, Tempranillo) aided and abetted by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and, occasionally, the white grape Albillo. Garnacha, here, is used for rosé.
|Grape variety||90% Tinta del País, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Technical Sheet||Download supplier's pdf here|