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.
Dense, intense morello cherry red, 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 its acidity, which is in good balance with the alcohol, and follows into a good, powerful fruit structure. It is welcoming on the palate, refreshing and easy drinking, welcoming a second sip. Balanced in length, finishing with crisp red fruit flavors. Ready for early drinking, although its structure indicates that it will keep for some time in bottle, without losing its character.
"Bright fruit flavors of black cherry and boysenberry, with vanilla accents, are supported by light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity in this round red."
- Wine Spectator, November 2014
"Dark violet, blueberry and earthy black plummy fruit greets the nose along with streaks of licorice and medicinal spice. Tight, focused and just a bit tart on entry, this open nicely on the palate featuring soft, almost plush fruit underpinned with firm, slight rustic tannins. There’s some nice fruit here, blueberry and plum toned, but the emerging savory nuance adds attractive complexity. It’s a pretty well behaved wine showing a hint of sophistication yet retaining the rugged character of Ribera."
- Snooth, March 2014
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- China Wine Awards, 2013
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