Wine of the Week #1516: Vina Mayor Ribera del Duero

[ 2009 Vina Mayor Ribera del Duero Reserva ]


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[ Why We Love It: ]

While the wines of Rioja probably remain Spain’s best known wines, Ribera del Duero is quickly gaining momentum with the production of rich, robust and full-bodied reds packed with red and black fruit, spice and just enough acidity and freshness to tie it all together. Situated due north of the geographic centre of Spain, the Ribera del Duero D.O. covers an area of rocky plains on either side of the Duero River.

Despite the fact that wines here in Ribera del Duero are made from the same principal grape found in the Rioja (albeit a variant clone that happens to go by a different name) very low rainfall and a hot dry climate join forces to promote the production of dark brooding red wines that offer a marked counterpoint to the lighter to mid-weight reds of the Rioja.

Our two cents? These are amongst the best BBQ wines made anywhere on the planet. The density of fruit and richness of these wines gives them the stuffing to match up well with boldly flavoured grilled meats as well as the strong flavours often found in the spices and sauces adorning them.

This said, the reds of Ribera del Duero still showcase the trademark vibrant acidity for which Tempranillo (or as its known here in Ribera del Duero, Tinto Fino) is widely admired. This brightness helps focus the rich dense flavour profile and makes it a delicious glass to enjoy at the table with food.

[ Recipes & Food Pairings: ]

Chanterelle Mushroom Tacos – RECIPE

Lamb, Zucchini & Sweet Onion Kabobs – RECIPE

White Pepper & Maple Glazed Beef Ribs – RECIPE

[ Price: ]

BOTTLE: $24.95

CASE: $299.40


[ Technical Specs: ]

ALCOHOL: 14.0%


Case Pack: 12 x 750mL

GRAPES: 100% Tinto Fino

CLOSURE: Natural Cork


SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18 to 18.5 degrees C

[ Tasting Notes: ]

“Black cherry, ripe plum and chocolate flavors mingle in this supple red. The plush texture is supported by light tannins and gentle acidity. Approachable and harmonious. Drink now through 2016.”

Thomas Matthews /

“Ruby-red. Smoky, oak-accented aromas of cherry and dried rose, with a hint of tobacco in the background. Taut and focused, offering good cut to its bitter cherry and cola flavors. Shows a faintly sharp edge on the finish, which leaves smoke and candied floral note behind.”

Josh Raynolds /


Wine of the Week #1516: 2009 Vina Mayor Ribera del Duero Reserva

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#Ribera del Duero #Tinto Fino #Vina Mayor #Spain