Ribera del Duero Wine Profile
Reds: Main grape variety is Tempranillo. Wines must contain at least 75% of Tempranillo to satisfy the requirements of Ribera del Duero DO.
The other 4 permitted black grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Garnacha Tinta
Whites: Albillo Mayor
AGEING & STYLES
CRIANZA: 1+ year(s) in barrel
RESERVA: 1+ years in barrel, 2+ years in bottle
GRAN RESERVA: 2+ years in barrel, 3+ years in bottle
COSECHA: Wines that do not fall within the defined aging specifications but often meet or exceed classification requirements
It is a dry area with very diverse soils, including clay, sand, limestone, marl and chalk. It is protected from any maritime influence by a ring of mountains.
Vineyards are located at high altitudes between 700 m and 1,100 m.
Harvest typically starts in the last two weeks of September and lasts to up to late October and early November, which is later than other neighbouring wine appellations, which is explained by wide variation of temperatures between night and day hours.
COLOR, AROMAS & FLAVORS
Deep ruby color, full body, medium to high acidity, black fruit flavours, spicy and woody notes.
Ribera del Duero wines are some of the most food-friendly wines. They perfectly complement local pork and lamb dishes, prime rib, skirt steak, and red beans,