When 16,000 wines were tasted in the Decanter World Wine Awards this year, only 31 earned Platinum – Best In Show medals. That’s .19% of all the wines entered who make the elite of the elite — and one of those this year was the 2010 Bodegas La Horra Corimbo from Ribera del Duero.
Taking the honors of Best Red Spanish Wine over £15, the Corimbo from the all-around stellar 2010 vintage won over judges thanks to its “fresh and fruity” flavor profile “with an expressive nose of caramelized citrus, red fruits and aromatic herbs.” They went on to explain that “the palate is very rich and intense with vanilla, cloves, pepper and tobacco leaf mingling with strawberry, cranberry and orange zest. The finish is fresh and elegant with a substantial lingering length.”
Located in the heart of La Horra among some of the region’s most acclaimed vineyards, Bodegas La Horra — a project from the larger Bodegas RODA – is a newcomer to Ribera del Duero. After producing its first vintage in 2008 of just 40,000 bottles, growing each year and hitting the 120,000 bottle mark with its award-winning 2010 vintage. They’re hoping to boost the amount of bottles by adding 50,000 per year until they hit the 300,000 mark.
Beyond the Corimbo, five Ribera del Duero wines won Gold Medals in the competition as well: the 2010 Malleollus de Sanchomartin (Emilio Moro), the 2011 Solideo (Bodega Dehesa de los Canónigos), the 2012 Bodega Negón, the 2012 Finca los Hoyales (Cruz del Alba) and the 2013 Silencio de Miros (Bodegas Peñafiel).
Meanwhile the 2014 Bodegas Penafiel Miros Joven Roble and the 2013 Penafiel Mironia both took home Bronze medals.
A bit to the West, Rueda’s white wines also picked up some awards, with two earning Silver Medals and 33 snagging Bronze Medals in the competition.