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90 points- Wine Enthusiast 

92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"Lactic blackberry and dark plum aromas suggest a full, ripe wine. That impression is confirmed via a meaty, chunky palate with flavors of blackberry, dried plum, pepper and mixed herbs. A dry, peppery tasting finish with mild residual heat closes this offering."-Wine Enthusiast 

The 2011 Crianza from Matarromera is dark and ripe, with big tannin and powerful structure, a delicious bottle of wine that should be enjoyed in the next couple years.  This half bottle is drinking great now, with black cherry, stewed plum and cassis balancing nicely with the berry acidity and bone dry finish.  Enjoy now through 2017. - DZ Apr 2016

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Tempranillo
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    375ml

90 points from Wine Enthusiast for a “best-of-both-worlds” Ribera del Duero made in a 93-point WE vintage and designed for modern palates with a nod toward the amazing traditions of this noble region. (HALF BOTTLE SELECTION!)

“…A full, ripe wine. That impression is confirmed via a meaty, chunky palate with flavors of blackberry, dried plum, pepper and mixed herbs,” writes the Wine Enthusiast. Offered in splits—a format rarely seen for Ribera—and with Free Shipping on every case, this polished, statuesque red seems a bit too big for the bottle but is perfect for those disciplined wine lovers who have just a glass or two with dinner or for couples who can’t agree on what to serve! Authentic Ribera notes of fig, minerals, cocoa and well-worn leather along with tannins that are irresistibly sweet, a kick of vanilla from one year in oak and a hint of delicate flowers on the nose. While made in a riper style and for New World palates, there is no mistaking this for anything but 100% Tempranillo and 100% Ribera del Duero.

The 2011 vintage was rated 93 points or “Excellent” by the Enthusiast and is just entering its peak of drinkability. 2011 was “hot in Ribera del Duero,” writes Jancis Robinson, “giving very powerful intensity and smooth, soft tannins.” Indeed, this little bottle of red is a big powerhouse of a wine packed into a petit format and priced to enjoy without fanfare, but hopefully with prime rib or juicy steaks.


Reasons why we love it:

Matarromera produces their Crianza from Pago de San Román, a vineyard area boasting an ideal terroir of layers of clayey sand and limestone. All fruit is picked from vines planted between 1988 and 1998 at an elevation of more than 2,788 feet above sea level and with a favorable southern exposure.

While a number of red grapes are allowed by law in the production of Ribera del Duero, this one is 100% Tempranillo (in this part of Spain, it’s called Tinto Fino), and it’s considered the highest quality varietal in the region and one of the world’s most noble red grapes.

The entire 90-point Wine Enthusiast review: “Lactic blackberry and dark plum aromas suggest a full, ripe wine. That impression is confirmed via a meaty, chunky palate with flavors of blackberry, dried plum, pepper and mixed herbs. A dry, peppery tasting finish with mild residual heat closes this offering.”

TASTING NOTES 

Deep garnet red. Ripe fruit aromas stand out together with spicy notes. Vanilla and coconut resulting from the cask aging. Full-flavoured taste, with ripe fruit perfectly blending with the fine tannins from its time in the oak. Well-balanced and very expressive.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Matarromera joins the tradition, the innovation and the highest quality in all its wines. That is the only philosophy of the group. Matarromera is the only group present in the four Destinations of Origin surrounded by the Duero River: Ribera del Duero, Cigales, Toro and Rueda.

In 1994, in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, Group Matarromera is born. Since then, it has become one of the most important groups of wineries in the national scene, with three wineries in the Ribera del Duero: Matarromera, Emina and Rento, one in the D.O. Cigales, Valdelosfrailes, one in the D.O. Rueda, Emina Rueda and the latest acquisition in Toro, Bodega CYAN. In addition, there is the Distillery del Duero, the only throughout the area. At the same time, Matarromera wages on Oenotourism: a rural hostel, Emina Cottage, and a restaurant, La Espadaña San Bernardo, keeps the philosophy of Group Matarromera.

On the other hand, Matarromera has launched its owin olive oil, Emina Picual, produced thanks to the olive trees that the group has planted in Rueda, Cigales and Toro areas.

All this projects, coupled with the effort of the entire technical and human equipment of Matarromera, shapes the structure of one of the essential groups in the national wine scene. All this results in the essence of a company used to navigate the highest quality standards.

Group Matarromera: Excellence, distinction, elegance.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This little bottle of red is a big powerhouse of a wine packed into a petit format and priced to enjoy without fanfare, but hopefully with prime rib or juicy steaks.