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Condado De Haza Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - This rich red shows a deep core of plum, bramble and mineral, with notes of loam and game that impart a savory character. Solid tannins...
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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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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....

2012 Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

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.


There are plenty of notable native Spanish grapes which have made a big impression on the wine world at large, but none are as renowned or as widely loved as the Tempranillo varietal. This black skinned grape has been used for wine making for centuries, with several ancient civilizations noticing the fact that it is highly versatile and holds some delicious flavors and aromas, perfect for those looking for a powerful yet elegant grape for their wines. Tempranillo often causes winemakers some trouble, however, as it is highly susceptible to many diseases. Despite this, plenty continue to persevere with this varietal, as it is perfect for producing delicious and complex single variety and blended wines, packed full of classic Spanish flavors and plenty of aromatic and intense surprises.