2014 Valderiz Ribera del Duero SKU #1305463

Price: $24.99

WS 94 WE 93 JS 92
RP 90
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K&L Notes

Located in the district of Roa, one of the best villages for vineyards in Ribera del Duero, and perhaps not coincidentally, where the offices of the RDD consejo are based, Valderiz makes great wines from Tempranillo grapes in the region's chalky, high plateau vineyards. This is ideally paired with anything grilled, particularly steaks or lamb chops. As the review suggests, this wine should improve very nicely, developing more subtly savory flavors, while still retaining all that mouthwatering fruit, over at least the next 7-8 years--likely longer.

Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    I briefly visited Ribera del Duero a few years ago and along with the remarkable wines of the region the food really stood out as well. There was one dish in particular that brings me back and that is Morcilla. Probably the best I have ever had, with its savory blood sausage notes, cumin spices and rich texture. And that brings me to the Valderiz. Sun parched Ribera produces bold and intense Tempranillo but the foods are perfectly fashioned to cope with these textured wines. The Valderiz has beautiful roasted plum and currant flavors accented by chocolatey tones and dusty spices. It is long and deeply intense and makes me really crave that unforgettable meal.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    Deep and powerful, the 2014 release from Valderiz is classic Ribera that, for $30, drinks with a quality well beyond most Cabernet for the same price. This is staggeringly aromatic wine showing stewed black cherries, steeped plum, spice cake, cloves, mint, cedar, pine, and dark cocoa. Rich and velvety on the palate with pleasant spice and sweet tannic grip on the finish, this is beautiful and luscious on its own, or a perfect compliment to seared lamb.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    After tasting this sensational Ribera del Duero red I quixotically leapt to their website, and discovered Tomás Esteban bent lovingly over his vines, caressing the leaves as if they were his children, which, because he planted most of them, they were. And this being the heart of Spain, I suppose the sight of octogenarian winemakers tilting toward their vines is far more common than tilting at windmills, and to better effect. An impressive Tempranillo of opaque, ripe black fruits, mineral earth, dark chocolate and lusty spice, assuaged by a dram of Albillo, this wine offers up luxuriant, savory flavors, succulence and firm tannins, the welcome companion to a range of grilled meats, especially lamb.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Whoa ...there is a whole lot of wine here for the price. Valderiz' 2014 Ribera del Duero better illustrates the appeal of this region's Tempranillo-based wines than any other I have had this year. Sweetly spicy black fruit aromas combine with plum sauce and an earthy peanut quality. On the palate, the wine has rich black fruits, tempered by sweet baking spices, leather, balanced acidity and well framed tannin. For a grilled steak or lamb chops, I think we have found your wine. Awesome stuff for under $30 -- compare with a Napa Cab at 2-3x the price.


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