93-94 Insider Points
92 Points-  Wine & Spirits

REVIEWS

"The color suggest a powerhouse Tempranillo (100%)- dark and inky hue. Sensational concentration from start to finish. This is another fine example of why the 2004 vintage was such a great vintage in Northern Spain. The wine imparts a bevy of cassis and toasted oak. Graphite and lead pencil nuances remind me of a well crafted Pauillac, Bordeaux. Throw some black licorice and black olives into the mix. The finish imparts chalky notes which is no surprise since the vines struggle to grow in the purse limestone soil. A dose of mineraliy resonates on the finish, adding to the texture factor. While very massive at the core, this wine finishes quite elegant with fine grain tannins and mouthwatering acidity. This property is adjacent to Emilio Moro a well-established Ribera producer."

"I love the price of this Gran Reserva! You'll be hard pressed to find a 2004 Gran Reserva for under $45. Try to find a $45 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a savvy cellar pickup here. Decant for an hour before serving. Poised to cellar for another decade if you have the patience."
- Neil Mechanic, invino Premier Member Concierge, 93-94 Points

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Tempranillo
  • APPELLATION
    Rueda, Spain
  • ALCOHOL
    15.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

We are the first retailer in the states to feature this Old-Vine Tempranillo (40-100 y.o. vines)! The 2004 vintage will go down as one of the greatest in Spain right up there with the legendary 1994 and 2001 vintages.

It’s just getting extremely hard to find any 1994 and 2001 circulating in retail channels and the 2004 vintage is quickly following suit. With some research, there is only one 2004 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero that comes in lower than your Invino exclusive price and the price doubles from there.

I rated this effort 93-94 Points and put in that “savvy cellar” buy cagegory. Pair this with the Wine Advocate's 95 point rating of the vintage makes for a compelling offer. Many of the top-rated Gran Reserva Riberas will easily put you back $50 and the price can skyrocket to triple digits as with Vega Sicilia Unico and Pingus!

This wine should be in your wheelhouse especially for those seeking out the finest from Northern Spain. Calling out all discerning Napa Cab fans and French Bordeaux collectors: You'll be very impressed with the age-worthiness of Ribera del Duero for a fraction of the cost of your trophy wines!

Bodegas y Vinos Tamaral is relatively new kid on the block, but the family’s lineage is long established as growers throughout Castille y Leon. Their access to old-vine Tempranillo in the area referred as the “Mila de Oro” or “Golden Mile” is critical to the pedigree in the bottle. Industry insiders consider the local Tempranillo clone Tinto Fino to be the purest expression of Spain’s most noble grape.

This sliver of the Ribera del Duero D.O.  is an area of extremes with bitter winters, sun-bleached summer and high altitudes. Tie this in with the pure limestone soils and you have world-class growing conditions in which the old vines struggle to survive. Tamaral’s site sits adjacent to more internationally known Emilio Moro. Some other distinguishing bodegas that call the “Golden Mile” home include Maruo, Pingus, Pesquera and Vega Silicia.

Why is Tamaral Gran Reserva a savvy pickup? Compare bottle pricing!

    2004 Vega Sicilia Unico @ $300 to $400
    2004 Emilio Moro Malleoulus @ $135 plus
    2004 Mauro VS @ $100 plus
    2004 Pesquera
    2004 Pingus @ $1,000 plus
    Gran Reserva, not made, but 2003 @ $140 plus
    2004 Tamaral Gran Reserva @ $44.99 per your Invino price

I had the pleasure tasting this Temrpanillo "tour de force" last month.

TASTING NOTES 

Winery Tasting Notes:

From old vines 44 to 100 years old, situated in Pesquera del Duero. Powerful and complex aromas of concentrated black fruits and chocolate hints, intermingled with spicy notes coming from the barrel. Velvety and intense in the mouth, with a long and elegant finish where at the end reveals its minerality.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Bodegas Gancedo is a small family winery located in Quilos, Bierzo. Gines and Juani have 12 has of old Mencia and Godello vineyards in small plots in the foothills of the mountains surrounding Quilos. Most of the vines (80%) are at least 60 years old.

Gines practices a traditional viticulture that respects the environment. The work in the vineyard is so comprehensive that once jokingly I described it saying that Gines could probably put a name to each plant if he wanted.

Almost all the work is done manually; no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used. At an average production of about 2 lbs per vine, the yield is dramatically lower than the average in the appellation. The harvest is done by hand in small crates and quickly taken to the winery. The grapes are carefully fermented in small tanks plot by plot as they reach optimum maturity.

At the winery all the work is done by gravity, avoiding the use of any pumps. The attention to detail is almost obsessive.
 

PERFECT PAIRINGS

A surprisingly versatile food wine, it's best with red meats such as, Beef and Lamb; is also a good complement to Pork, Tomatoes and Tomato Sauces.