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
Intense cherry red in color with bright flashes of garnet. Its power and structure are evident on the nose with fresh red fruit aromas of strawberries, plums and raspberries. The palate shows low tannins, is bright initially from acidity and flows into a powerful fruit structure. Balanced in length, finishing with crisp red fruit flavors. Ready for early drinking, although its structure indicates it will keep for some time without losing character.
The powerful structure of this wine allows it to pair well alongside grilled meats, Italian sausages and hearty stews.
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