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Valdevinas

Valdevinas
2004 "Mirat" Reserve, Ribera del Duero

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Ribera del Duero

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 15.0%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$34.00

Valdevinas
2004 "Mirat" Reserve, Ribera del Duero

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Ribera del Duero

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 15.0%
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Mature, attractive aromas of baked berries, melted chocolate, delicate spices and herbs, and tamari with a creamy, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length dried sour cherry, blood orange, and chocolate craisins and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A fantastically rich, vibrant, and nuanced mature Spanish red wine.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth, oaky, rich & full & spicy & complex
Aroma Aroma: baked berries, melted chocolate, delicate spices and herbs, and tamari
Taste Flavor: dried sour cherry, blood orange, and chocolate craisins and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fantastically rich, vibrant, and nuanced mature Spanish red wine.
The Producer

Bodegas Valdevinas

The Producer
Ctra N. 122 Km 245
Soria,
Spain
34 -975186000
Ribera del Duero
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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Ribera del Duero is one of the most celebrated red wine regions in Spain; it is located in the north central section of the country. While vineyards have been planted in this territory for thousands of years, the designation of this area as an official wine region (a D.O or Denominacion de Origen) was created in the 1970s.

Ribera del Duero wines are made primarily from the Tinto Fino grape, the local name for Tempranillo. While a few examples are 100% Tinto Fino, most offerings include other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and/or Malbec.

As with Rioja, there are different levels of aging; these wines are designated as crianza (two years aging with at least 12 months in oak), riserva (three years aging, minimum 12 months in oak) and Gran Riserva (five years aging, minimum 3 years in oak.)

These wines are among the richest and most forward reds in Spain and influential wine critics such as Robert Parker celebrated these wines, awarding them scores in the mid 90s on his 100-point scale. Deeply colored with ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit with notes of tobacco, bacon and eucalyptus, there is generally ample oak along with rich tannins. The Riservas and Gran Riservas, offer great complexity and can drink well for up to twenty years. Pair these wines with most wild game, grilled pork, roast veal and most red meats.