Sunday, March 29, 2009

2003 Ribera del Duero

2003 Marques de Velilla

2003 Marquès de Velilla, DO Ribera del Duero.

Ribera del Duero is always a treat to taste. After all, it was the wine that broke in my Riedel glasses.

Deep purple, beautiful saturation to the wine. Just a gorgeous deep colour, especially when you shine it over candlelight. Good green characters in the wine, lots of brambles and this almost sandy quality to the bouquet. Great ripe fruits, instantly recognizable as tempranillo. All layered on top of a base of understated vanilla. Develops a graphite minerality. Nose just goes on and on - a fascinating aroma.

Great acidity in the mouth, with a filmy texture. Ripe red fruits, vanilla, with very finely grained tannins. Stiff structure, but tannins are so well integrated that its very elegant. Silky.

A perfect show of tempranillo. Less fruit-forward than I would expect from a Ribera. More of a Rioja character, but that's the genius of tempranillo. Great ripeness, excellent oak use. Tempranillo is just all love, in all its expressions.


  1. even though you didn't really like the vanilla from the barrel, i enjoyed it.! thanks dsis.

  2. It was subtle, and settled down after 2 hours. Started to show more minerals, more green. We got on fine after that.