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Yotuel Roble 2010 (2 bottles)
López Cristóbal Crianza 2010 (2 bottles)
Valderiz 2009 (2 bottles)
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Young red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos Gallego Zapatero Ribera del Duero, Spain Tempranillo
Bottle: £6.77 club members / £7.85 non-members
This is a small, family-run winery, yet with a deep-rooted tradition in wine growing; they have an in-depth knowledge of their 9 hectares of vineyards, where some of the vines they grow are almost 100 years old, and they are well aware that only from hard work entailing due consideration, effort and perseverance can they ever expect to harvest excellent grapes, of the Tinta del País variety, which are used for making their three ‘parcel’ wines (Valdepalacios, San Miguel and La Nava) and their two ‘coupage’ wines: Selección and Roble.
The distinctive character of their wines comes as the biggest surprise: their Yotuel Selección is notable for its intriguing Bordeaux touch, and their Yotuel Roble, which we are offering here, for its minerality; it is one of those wines difficult to place at a blind tasting and an excellent terroir wine in its price bracket. It comes as no surprise that the quantity produced runs out in no time at all!
This "little number" from Gallego Zapatero is a lively wine, appearing an attractive colour in the glass, clean and bright. It is full-on fruity on the nose (and palate too), pleasant, oily, with spicy notes (pepper) and a definite rustic feel, and it does surprise, as was mentioned before, with its minerality and balsamic notes.
On the palate it is a fruit-forward wine, fleshy, juicy, with sweet notes, rounded, balanced, with good structure and body; an extremely pleasant wine, that finishes with some subtle, polished ageing notes to round off the aftertaste. A wine to pour into the glass, drink and thoroughly enjoy. Cheers!
Rice dishes / cooked sausages / Iberian ham / pasta with bolognese sauce
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Red Crianza. Bodegas López Cristóbal Ribera del Duero, Spain Tempranillo, Merlot
Bottle: £10.95 club members / £12.72 non-members
Santiago López is very passionate about the countryside and viticulture, and together with his wife Lola Cristóbal and son Galo, he makes these five wines in a style characterised by elegance and genuineness. There is an air of distinction about them all: they are family-produced wines, totally genuine, pleasurable wines that make us feel perfectly at ease.
Let’s take their Crianza as an example. Despite its youth (2010), it exhibits a refined nose. In the foreground there initially appear the aromas acquired from ageing, but allow it time to open up, decant it, and you will notice how all its various charms are revealed. Its elegant fragrance comes through, ranging from intense fruit aromas, of fresh red and black fruit (the wine’s youthful character is clearly evident) to spicy aromas, fresh notes, balsamic, smoky touches; a complex and rounded whole. With some aeration and time in the glass, it also discloses an interesting and quite original earthy background.
On the palate, its velvety texture reveals flavours in keeping with aromas perceived on the nose, and poses the question as to just how much that 5% Merlot contributes to such finesse. It is intense, with a clean, fruit-forward and juicy entry, medium-bodied, and shows a polished tannin structure, offering good cellaring prospects. The refined ageing notes continue well into the aftertaste (coffee, leather).
Definitely an interesting and well-made wine, particularly suitable for enjoying comfortably at home.
Peppered steak / game dishes / barbecues
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Red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz Ribera del Duero, Spain Tempranillo
Bottle: £12.75 club members / £15.97 non-members
Valderiz 2009 is at this point in time a young wine, the result of an excellent harvest, a lively and densely coloured wine, without becoming opaque. It starts off as not especially expressive on the nose, which comes as no surprise from a grape such as Tempranillo, but it gradually opens up with some aeration. It is evidently a wine that needs decanting in order to come into its true self: intense, elegant, very pleasant, rich in ripe fruit aromas, forest fruits, and some Indian ink suggestions on a subtle background of ageing notes (which reappear later with the aftertaste). A fresh and balsamic nose.
On the palate, Valderiz is a wine to be enjoyed for its juiciness and fruit intensity, and although not a precisely complex wine, it is a very pleasant drink; it exhibits spicy notes, especially of sweet spices, polished tannins and good body. A wine that lingers well.
Red meats / cooked sausages / rice dishes / Iberian ham / oven-cooked meats
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