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Convento De Las Claras Ribera Del Duero 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - (aged for eight months in new French oak): Saturated ruby. Smoky, expansive aromas of candied cherry, rose and pipe tobacco. Silky,...
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Convento De Las Claras Ribera Del Duero Heritage 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - The top cuvée in terms of value is the 2012 Las Claras Heritage. Made from 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and aged 18 months in a...
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Dominio Basconcillos Vina Magna Reserva 2011 750ml

Rated 95 - This powerful red delivers cassis, blackberry and garrigue flavors, framed by espresso, tar and mineral notes, well-integrated and...
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Hacienda Monasterio Ribera Del Duero 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - The current vintage for the crianza is 2012. The 2012 Crianza, from a dry vintage, resulted much fresher than expected, fresher than...
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Legaris Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2010 750ml

Rated 90 - Plum, cocoa, licorice, mineral and soy sauce notes mingle in this polished red, with smooth tannins and firm acidity imparting a...
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Miguel Torres Ribera Del Duero Celeste 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - A polished texture carries reserved but harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, smoke, tar and mineral in this rather austere red....
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O. Fournier Ribera Del Duero 2005 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2005 O. Fournier has a lifted, almost airy bouquet that does not make the same impression as the 2004, yet has plenty of pure,...
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O. Fournier Ribera Del Duero Alfa Spiga 2008 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2008 Alfa Spiga is pure Tempranillo from older vineyards aged for two years in oak. The freshness of the vintage provides the nerve...
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O. Fournier Ribera Del Duero Spiga 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - (aged in oak for 13 months): Deep ruby. Fragrant aromas of red berry preserves, mocha, floral oils and smoky minerals. Plush, juicy and...

Castilla Y Leon Ribera del Duero

The ancient, arid and beautiful region of Castilla y Leon is the largest in Spain, and amongst the largest single 'regions' in any country of Europe. It has been famed throughout the centuries for its architecture, its people, its art and literature, and not least for its characterful and flavorful wines, which capture the beating heart and passion of Spain and Spanish culture. Castilla y Leon is essentially a vast plateau, and is extremely dry, with a poor soil structure which one might think would make viticulture difficult, if not impossible. However, Castilla y Leon has plenty of native grape varietals which are able to stretch their roots deep underground, to tap into the moisture and minerals which can be found there.

Some experts claim that centrally-located Ribera del Duero, Spain's fastest growing wine region, has the greatest potential for memorable red wines. These are largely inspired by the revered Vega Sicilia, an estate producer whose dark Tempranillo wines are balanced with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. For one hundred years Vega Sicilia has taken Spanish tradition to the extreme, growing highly concentrated grapes and aging wines ten years in cask and sometimes more in bottle before releasing exquisite, expensive wines that still benefit from cellar aging. Like slightly smaller versions of Vega Sicilia, other Ribera del Duero Tempranillos are tannic and long-lived, usually inky and massive, with complicated aromas of chocolate, plums and smoke. French varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec are joining the native varietals. White Ribera del Duero uses the indigenous varietal Albillo.