Sardon De Duero, Castilla Y León

Bodegas Protos

Vinos Finos Ribera Duero Red Blend 2017

It’s official. We’ve taken the leap and registered for WSET Diploma (Level 4)! 😆 We’re excited for, and daunted by, the steep learning journey that lies ahead over the next 2-3 years…

What better way to mark the beginning of this journey than to sip on some lovely Ribera del Duero wine and work through a formal note using the systematic approach to tasting (SAT) wine? 🍷🍷

This wine is made from the ‘Tinta del Pais’ variety aka ‘Tinto Fino’ aka ‘Tempranillo.’ It hails from Ribera del Duero DO within the Duero Valley of Spain. 🇪🇸 Its topography is unique in that it’s largely cut off from maritime influences by surrounding mountains and is situated on the highest part of a plateau called the Meseta Central, over 2,780 feet above sea level. ⛰ ⛰

👁 This wine is deep ruby with notable tearing and extraction.

👃 On the nose this wine has a medium intensity of youthful aromas. Aromas include primary notes of ripe black cherry, black currant, blueberry, pomegranate, violet, anise, black licorice, and secondary notes of cedar, pencil shavings, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.

👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium intensity of flavors. Flavors include tart blackberry, black cherry, and black currant, dark chocolate, toast, cedar, nutmeg, and clove. The finish is medium.

This is a very good wine that is balanced in its core structure, offers aromatic and flavor complexity across primary and secondary categories, and has solid intensity and concentration of vibrant fruit. 💕 It may be consumed now (especially after decanting), but has potential for further aging.

Protos ’27, Ribera del Duero, Tinta del Pais, Vintage 2017, ABV 14.5%. Named in honor of the 11 vine growers who established Protos in 1927.
— 13 days ago

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Mark Detrick

Mark Detrick

I’m in Spain 🇪🇸 and I’ve seen it. Have not been able to try it. Would love to!


@James K We really enjoyed this wine and would love to explore more from Protos’s portfolio!


@Mark Detrick Lucky you!!! 🇪🇸 You should pick up a bottle and let us know your thoughts! I’ll bet it’s even better prior to crossing the Atlantic.

Bodegas Emilio Moro

Malleolus de Sanchomartin Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2015

Always wonderful, glad we can find it in SLC — 4 days ago

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Bodegas Valduero

Una Cepa Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2015

Ming L

Ripe dark berry fruits, cassis, light vanilla, autumn leaves, and hint of cured meat fill the dark brooding nose. Fresh cherry and raspberry, peppery spice add to flavors. Medium to full body. The acidity is as good as it gets - round , vivid but not obstructive. The lightly candied tannins are soft yet assertive.
Supposedly one vine only produces one bottle, hence the name Una Cepa. A superb RdD.
— 6 days ago

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Dominio de Pingus

Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2007

What an amazing wine. This is still a youthful wine and I suspect it will only get better over the next 20 years. — 3 days ago

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Aaron, what’s the vintage? Thanks.
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Awesome everything Adam

Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Valbuena 5° Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend 2015

Very rare opportunity to try Tempranillo, Cab, and Merlot blend aged 5 years before release. — 7 days ago

Jonathan, Ira and 10 others liked this


Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino

Unbelievable so young and already so good — 11 days ago

Sylvain, Thijs and 6 others liked this

Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Alion Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino 2015

Love this wine; I’ll probably keep tasting it till the end of my days. Dark, dark ruby color; dark fruit, cassis, leather, and cedar on the nose. The pallet is a beautiful harmony of contrasts with pronounced blackberry, vanilla, with a hint of mocha. Long finish with the grippiest tannings ever. Looking forward to tasting this wine in the far future and seeing it soften up on the finish. Cheers. — 9 days ago

Sharon, Bob and 15 others liked this

Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Unico Gran Reserva Especial Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend 1994

Complex, silky & polished were my 1st impressions followed by lush red fruits, cassis, cedar, leather, menthol, baking spices & tobacco. Beautiful balance, fine tannins with good length. Well stored btls should drink well for many years — 7 days ago

Paul, Aaron and 18 others liked this

Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz

Tomás Esteban Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2005

2005 gave us some great wines. Today we are celebrating the 16th birthday of our son and just as he the wine is shining. Loads of red fruit, smooth tanins. Pure joy!! — 10 days ago

Romain, Peter and 4 others liked this

Alfredo Maestro (Bodegas y Viñedos Maestro Tejero)

La Cosa The Thing Moscatel de Alejandría 2018

Unexpectedly nice dessert wine to finish lunch. Expressive bouquet of raisins, tropical fruits, field flowers and buckwheat honey. Thanks to acidity, it feels fresh and is so quaffable. But my favourite part is acetonic finish. That case when VA are so well placed only to add complexity.

Tasted on 2021-08-27
— 8 days ago