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Valderiz 2017 Ribera del Duero, Spain

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A fantastic value                                                        
One of the best buys from Spain we've discovered this year! From Bodegas Valderiz. Highly recommended.

94 points Wine Spectator: “This full-bodied red is generous yet structured, featuring depth and balance. Ripe flavors of plum and currant mingle with cocoa, clove and mineral notes, supported by mouthcoating tannins and balsamic acidity. Harmonious and long. Best from 2022 through 2037."

Bodegas Valderiz is located in Roa, where some of the most complex Tinta del Pais grapes in Spain are produced. In 1980, the head of the family, Tomas Esteban considered his options for making the most of their plots. The vineyard began to take shape over the next 10 years with the efforts and devotion of his sons Juan and Ricardo. The current commercial winery was launched in 1997, and is now one of the most award winning estates in Ribera del Duero. The 2017 is another winning vintage from Valderiz. 70+ year old vines and is blended with 5% Albillo before aged for 20 months in French oak. Red berry fruit, medium-bodied with firm tannins. Blackberry and currant notes mingle with espresso, mineral, licorice and spice accents. This is a top-notch wine that should age with style.

The family is also one of the forerunners in organic agriculture in the Ribera del Duero area, using zero herbicides, pesticides nor fertilizers. This practice has led to some development of biodynamic viticulture and since 2000, a small area of land has been cultivated using biodynamic practices.

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