Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Bodegas Valderiz Juegabolos Ribera del Duero

2015 Bodegas Valderiz Juegabolos Ribero del Duero...$57.99
A very fresh array of mulberries and boysenberries with sweet, spicy oak adding early interest. The texture on the palate is impressive with a swathe of smooth, velvety tannins. Bright and tight. Drink or hold.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling
The showy and exuberant 2015 Juegabolos displays more spicy and smoky notes after some time in the glass, but the nose has a great mixture of wild flowers and herbs and resembles the landscape of Ribera del Duero in a year like 2018 when the fields are full of fragrant flowers and everything is green and not dry. It has a powerful yet balanced palate in an elegant mix that fills your mouth and leaves a notable aftertaste. It should age effortlessly in bottle. 8,300 bottles were filled in December 2017.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2017 Bodegas Valderiz Juegabolos 
Ribero del Duero...$57.99
The grapes come from the Juegabolos (Bowls Players) terroir planted by Tomás Esteban in 1988. The unique character of this terroir is that the top 1.5 metres of soil is gravel. This creates perfect conditions for ripening in a very healthy environment. Lower down in the soil profile there is clay which provides the vines with all the nutrients and water that they need. The production is 4,000 kg per hectare. It is totally free of artificial fertilisers and systematic chemical treatments.

The fermentation process is very gentle without intensive extraction in stainless steel tanks with a 10,000 kg capacity. During the process no enzymes or yeasts are used that do not originate in the grapes.

VARIETY: 100% tinta del país
AGEING: 36 months
TYPE OF WOOD: 80% French oak, 20% new American oak barrels.

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