“Diligence is the mother of good fortune” – Chapter XLIII, Part II, Miguel de Cervantes
This quote from Castilla y León’s most famous author could be applied to many things, but perhaps no more so than to the wine region of Ribera del Duero, two hours north of Madrid. Located within Castilla y León – Spain’s largest autonomous region – it is home to more than 300 wineries and 2,300 labels, all of which have an almost singular focus: tempranillo.
A 100-mile journey on the A-6 north from Madrid, Rueda is a vast expanse of lime-rich alluvial soils and in much of it, stones and pebbles – lots of pebbles. It is part of Castilla y León, Spain’s largest region and Europe’s third. The prime grape of the region is Verdejo, to which about 40,000 acres of vineyards are dedicated.Most of the vineyards are planted south of the Duero River. Because Rueda sits at an altitude of about 800 meters (2400 feet), and because of its location distant from any cooling sea breezes, it is an arid landscape that nevertheless plays host to oases of verdant vineyards throughout.
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Flavor Profile: Ripe, Muscular fruit flavors, structured with lively acidity, dark cherry, blackberry bramble, dried fig, vanilla and cassis create complex wines with aging structure
Spicebox: Includes black pepper, rosemary, sage, mushrooms, dark chocolate, anise, smoke, white truffle, piquant, umani-rich rotundone-dominant spices and with age – depth in forest, baking spices and leather
Regulatory Councils implement rigorous control processes that have the back labels on the bottles a standard of excellence. D.O. Ribera del Duero was officially named Designation of Origin by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture in 1982.
Flavor Profile: Ranges from elegant, graceful wines that are aromatic with citrus, stone fruit, lively acidity and white peach. Lees-aging combined with oak give bottle aging potential to young wines.
Spicebox: Highly aromatic herbs, perfumed, sharp, citrus-like spices, thai basil, turmeric, dill and corianderwhich always combine well in vinaigrettes and punchy sauces over soft proteins and elegant fats.
Regulatory Councils implement rigorous control processes that have the back labels on the bottles a standard of excellence. DO Rueda was officially named Designation of Origin by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture in 1980,