Valdubón is made solely from Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto del País. Other authorized grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha. Although Albillo, a white variety, is authorized, it is used only as a blending grape in DO wines since only reds and rosados (rosés) are authorized.
The overall vineyard area is just over 13,500 hectares or roughly 33,300 acres. This is relatively small. As a comparison, there are about 38,000 acres of vines in Napa County. Because of this limited production and high quality, Ribera del Duero wines are in great demand. In the harsh climate, the Tempranillo grape makes a wine of great power and concentration. This has led leading winemakers to use little if any Cabernet Sauvignon, preferring to make their top wines from 100% Tempranillo, as is the case with Valdubón
The Cosecha is a deep cherry red color with fresh aromas of strawberries, plums and raspberries on the nose. The palate unfolds with firm acidity and a silky red fruit flavors followed by a long finish. The wine is ready to drink, although its structure will help it improve and keep well for some years in the bottle.
The wine is ready to drink, although its structure will help it improve and keep well for some years in the bottle. The bright concentrated fruit of this wine make it a good match with Italian sausage, hamburgers, eggplant or a hearty bean soup.
Valdubon Cosecha 2010
"This lean, fresh red delivers a beam of cherry, berry and herbal flavors with a minty finish. Offers light, firm tannins with brisk acidity. Lively."
- Wine Spectator, November 2012
Valdubon Cosecha 2009
"Bright purple. Musky cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of dried flowers and herbs. Juicy and focused, with smoky cherry and blackberry flavors. Fine-grained tannins add grip to the spicy finish, which lingers with good intensity and a touch of warmth."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2011