91-94 Points- Wine Advocate
"A barrel sample of the 2009 Prestigio was impressively dense in the glass. Exotic spices, incense, lavender, Provencal herbs, and black cherry are followed by a smoothly textured, plush, potentially opulent offering that is mouth-filling and exceptionally lengthy. Be prepared to cellar it for 5-7 years following release and drink it through 2029+."- Wine Advocate
91-94 points from the Wine Advocate for a top single-vineyard Ribera made only in those vintages that warrant it—and the 94-point 2009 vintage certainly warranted a Prestige bottling! As with the best Ribera reds, this is 100% Tempranillo. Grapes were harvested by hand from the cream of the crop—that is Matarromera’s top estate. The wine was aged for nine months in American oak barrels and a further nine months in French barrique. This is a time-consuming step, transferring all lots of this wine from American oak to barrique, but it’s one that adds to the rich, nutty appeal of this delicious red. The wine then rests an additional 24 months in bottle before release.
This elegant, muscular red displays powerful aromatics of anise, peppercorns, toffee and warm, savory, animal notes. In the mouth, this Ribera del Duero offers persistence and force with blackberry fruit and lively acidity held together by a tannic structure that—at seven years of age—shows little sign of slowing down. A traditional Spanish red with the body, complexity and fruit to wine fans among the most diehard of bold California Cab lovers, too.
Reasons why we love it:
The 2009 vintage was textbook perfect in Ribera del Duero earning a 94-point rating from the Wine Advocate. Jancis Robinson writes: “Generally speaking the vintage was much better than recent years for this region and is described by some as similar to 2004.”
The Matarromera winery is tucked into the hillside of the Duero Valley in the Valbuena de Buero in Valladolid—the heart and soul of the Ribera de Duero DO.
Matarromera’s Prestigio comes from the estate’s Pago de las Solanas vineyard’s nearly 25-year-old Tempranillo vines. Pago de las Solanas is a gently sloping trellised vineyard planted on the region’s noted loam and clayey soils.
Unoaked, from carefully chosen lots suitable for drinking young. Deep wild berry aromas and mouth filling flavor and length are provided by the old Tempranillo vines. Tannins are ample but balanced by the textural richness and juicy fruit. A superb value.
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.
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.