91 Points, IWC
95 Invino Insider Points
"Bodegas Valduero is one of the older wineries in Ribera del Duero and continues to offer up more traditional aged wines that aren't offered by many of their counterparts. The Valduero Reserva is delicious and still shows fairly young. The extra time aging has just laid an additional layer of complexity across the palate that can only be earned by time. "Cherry-vanilla, mulberry and smoky oak on the nose. Juicy and sweet, offering pliant red and dark berry flavors complicated by vanilla and peppery spices. The gently tannic finish features a bitter cherry skin note and lingers with good energy and sweetness." 91 pts IWC, Sept. 2013
"Classic 100% Spanish Tempranillo! A poster boy effort that struts layers upon layers of spice and pulverized minerals." Gobs of cassis, beef bouillon and pepper jump out of the glass and coat the palate. Secondary notes of bouquet garni, black licorice and umami gain speed on the back end. The tannins are angular both softened nicely with great length that resonates for a minute or two. The harmonious integration suggests a much higher price tag. So savory that it's a meal in itself! Enjoy now with ample aeration or lay down for another 2 to 4 years no problem. - Neil Mechanic, Invino, 95 Points, May 2015
Ribera del Duero, Spain
What I love about the "Reserva" bottlings of Spain's most prestigious D.O.(s) is that the wineries do the cellaring for you. Once they arrive on our shore, enthusiasts and collectors have the option to enjoy or have option hold for further development.
Josh Raynolds of IWC now Vinous Media tasted this back in the Fall of 2012. He loved the complexity, but only rated the wine 91 points. Umm- He should taste the wine now and recalibrate his score! It has turned a corner to become a jaw dropper. I tasted this last month with the importer and marveled over its traditional delivery and loved how the layers slowly revealed more mojo as the wine opened in the glass.
I'm firmly convinced that the finest 100% Tempranillos are coming from the Ribera del Duero located in Spain's northern plateau of Castile y Leon. The mix of silty clay, marl and limestone will draw similarities to the famed Bordeaux region. Serious aficionados of a top growth Bordeaux will truly appreciate how the region's finest efforts as with today's showcase taste, as well as how they mature in the bottle.
If I had to conduct a tasting lesson centered around Spanish Tempranillo, I would pick this Valduero offering to pour for the class. Textbook from it's entry to long enveloping finish. Beguiling spice beckons your attention and there's still plenty of power and muscle in the gas tank!
Bodegas Valduero is definitely under-the-radar, but their wines are a must for lovers of traditional Spanish reds. This family owned and operated winery was one of the first to be founded in the D.O. Ribera del Duero. They're practically smack dab in the middle of the district. All their wines are made of 100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino). Valduero can claim one of the largest area of head pruned vines in all of Spain and adhere to strict organic practices.
I've had the opportunity to visit their property. Their underground cellars are an impressive site to behold. Based in the investment made on the property and the quality of the wine, the "Crianza", "Reserva" and "Gran Reserva" should be priced a lot more considering what their neighbors charge.
The "Reserva" is sourced from vines that are a minimum of 50 years of age. Slow native yeast are implemented for a slow ferment that ultimately contributes to the layered complexity of the finished wine. It's aged 30 months in 3 different types of oak barrels and then aged another 18 months in bottle. This offering just recently came in direct from the winery so that extended time in the bottle exceeds well beyond D.O. aging requirements for the "Reserva" category.
This truly deserves a home in your collection. Pick up multiple bottles and make sure you have something hearty on the grill to enjoy with this masterpiece. I've done some hard ball negotiating to make sure you're getting the best price in the nation! Viva Espana!
Located in Aranda de Duero, Bodegas Valduero is owned and managed by the Garcia Viadero family. The winery was founded in 1984 in Gumiel del Mercado, a small village in the county of Burgos, located 10 miles northwest of Aranda. Valduero currently owns over 500 acres of vineyards of Tinto Fino, and produces a range of crianzas, reservas and gran reservas. In 2000, Valduero built a new winery, consisting of three tunnels built into a mountain. The winery houses over 4,000 American oak barrels and a substantial subterranean cellar. The winery also maintains the traditional “Old Cellars,” a XVII-century home with 1,000 meters of caves that houses 1,500 barrels of reserve wines. Bodegas Valduero closely controls vineyard development parcel-by-parcel, and harvests manually in 14 kilogram-baskets. The new winery supports micro-fermentation in 20,000-liter vats enabling better pumping and deeper controlled maceration. Valduero is focused on the quality range, from crianza to gran reservas, seeking to produce excellent and balanced berries with high acidity levels ideal for long ageing. The winery is committed to releasing wines that are “ready to drink,” and cellars over 1 million bottles until they reach optimum roundness and maturity.