Cards of Wine

Ribera del Duero (Spain)

Ribera del Duero is a wine region located along the Spanish Duero river.


Typical Flavors


Cherry
Red
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry

Blueberry
Blueberry
Plum
Plum
Fig
Fig
Spices
Spices

Herbs
Herbs
Licorice
Licorice
Anise
Anise
Minerals
Minerals

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cocoa
Cocoa
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Cherries, Red and Black Berries, Plum, and Fig are typical Ribera del Duero flavors.

Hints of Herbs, Licorice, Anise, and Minerals.

Profile

Ribera del Duero has good acidity and smooth tannins:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Ham
Ham
Salami
Chorizo
Chili
Chili

Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Lasagna
Lasagna
Hamburger
Hamburger

Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb

Ribera del Duero is perfect with Lamb and Pork.

It is also perfect with Filet Mignon, but lacks the tannins for a fat Beef.

Young Ribera del Duero pairs well with both Spicy and Tomato based dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Olives. Cold Cuts. Chorizo.
Pizza. Spaghetti. Lasagna.
Tomato Based Meatballs.
Savory Stews. Moroccan Tagine.
Poultry. Pork. Lamb.
Red Pepper Dishes.
Tacos. Nachos. Burritos.

Cheese:
Hard Sheep Cheese. Manchego. Roncal.
Pecorino Toscano.

Spanish Specialities:
Paella.
Chili con Carne.

Best Pairing Unoaked Ribera del Duero:
Tapas. Pizza.
Cold Cuts.
Soft Cheese.

Ribera del Duero Crianza:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Grilled Salmon.
Casseroles.

Ribera del Duero Reserva:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Mushroom Dishes.

Ribera del Duero Grand Reserva:
Grilled Suckling Lamb (Lechazo).
Grilled Suckling Pig.
Grilled Lamb Chops.
Manchego Cheese.

If You Like Ribera del Duero

You Might Also Like:

Barbera (Italy)
Cabernet Franc (France)
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Chianti (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Sangiovese (Italy)
Tempranillo (Spain)
Teroldego (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

DO - Denominación de Origen

DOCaDenominación de Origen Calificada
RiojaLess than one year in Oak Barrel.
CrianzaMinimum 24 months aging. One year in Barrel.
ReservaMinimum 36 months aging. One year in Barrel.
Gran ReservaMinimum 60 months aging. Two years in Oak Barrel.

About Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is one of Spain's top red wine regions. The name translates as (river) banks of Duero.

The vineyards flank the Duero River and stretch up to limestone cliffs that rise between 700 and 1,000 meters above sea level.

The majority of Ribera del Duero wines are 100 percent Tempranillo.

Some producers successfully blend in Bordeaux varieties.

A small amount of rosado wine is also made in the region.

Ribera del Duero vs Rioja

What is the difference between Ribera del Duero and Rioja wines?

Both appellations use Tempranillo as the main grape variety but they blend it with different grapes.

In Rioja they use Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura, while in Ribera del Duero they blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec.

But, the biggest difference is the use of oak barrels.

Rioja wine is typically aged in American oak (Quercus Alba) barrels, cheaper, sweeter and strong in Vanilla and Coconut aromas, while Ribera del Duero wine prefers French oak (Quercus Petraea and Quercus Robur) barrels, rich in exotic Spices, Roasted Coffee, Resin, Cedar, Pine, and silky, smooth, elegant Tannins.

The tighter grain of the french oak is less invasive in the resulting aromas, it allows to recognize the grape varietal and delivers more fruity wines.

The art of wood

Cooperage for oenology sounds complex but it just means the art of using oak barrels to transform wine.

The magic happens because of the contact wine - wood and the exchange of particles (extractable fraction).

Wine is alive and in constant transformation, as we are.

Fermentation and aging in wood adds woods aromas, improves color stability, storage life, flavor, and clarification.

Storing quality wine for long periods of time has an economic impact. Recently a faster and cheaper alternative has been approved: adding pieces of wood (splinters, cubes, staves).

About Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the third most planted grape in the world.
The name comes from Spanish "temprano" which means early and refers to early ripening.

Tempranillo aka Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, and Tinta del Pais in Spain. Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal.

Tempranillo is Spain`s noble grape variety, just like Cabernet Sauvignon is to France. It grows best in the cooler wine areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Wine made with Tempranillo grapes has a flavor of berries with medium acidity. During storing, Tempranillo can develop sweet, spicy, leather, or tobacco flavors.

Tempranillo wines are softer than Bordeax and dryer than Bourgogne wines. Medium acidity and moderate tannins make these wines tasty, easy to like and easy to pair with many types of food.

Ribera del Duero Wines

Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is a wine region that boasts quality red wines.

The region attracts wine-lovers from around the globe with Tempranillo wines.

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