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Valdubon 2011 Roble

Valdubon 2011 Roble 3 for 2 in MAS – just over €10 for three bottles.

Valdubon are situated just outside Milagros about 11 km south of Aranda de Duero. They have many of their own parcels of vines and like many of the well known Ribera producers, buy in additional grapes from small scale growers with a reputation for quality viticulture.

2011 was rated an excellent year and Javier, the chief oenologist, will have been able to buy in some very fine tempranillo grapes.

Roble is an unofficial classification of young – Joven – wines that have spent some time in oak barrels. Usually between 3 and 6 months. This Roble has spent four months in oak.

The wine is a good deep purple colour and beautifully clear (when held up to a strong light).

There is a reasonable amount of berry fruit on the nose and a substantial, though not overpowering amount of French oak in the mouth. By the second mouthful the taste of cherries comes through much more strongly whilst you can still taste that almost shoe polish flavour from the oak.

Wood and fruit are very well integrated and as it says on the bottle – it does have a pleasingly long finish.

I could not taste cocoa, vanilla or toast, nor could I taste ripe plums, but at € 3.57 a bottle I couldn’t taste any green tannins either – so most if not all the grapes were hand picked.

I don’t think this is a perfect Roble, I think it is very well made, a very good example of what can be achieved with care and at little more than the price of some of the large scale producers offerings, very good value for money.

At this price buy three, try them with lamb, beef and jamon or meatballs, then go back and buy a couple of dozen more.

A final note – the MAS buy one at full price and one at half price promotion on Fuentespina 2011 Joven has now finished so I was faced with a buying dilemma. Buy a bottle of €3.00 Fuentespina 2011 Joven or invest in three bottles of Valdubon 2011 Roble for €0.57 more per bottle.

I think I invested wisely.



SEÑORÍO DE SOTILLO Joven 2011 €7.00 Seville

The first wine I have drunk from Bodega S Arroyo but probably not the last. This joven was beautiful, clean, Ribera deep purple-black in colour, full of lively fruit, no hint of green tannins, no hint of reductive taint, no hint of anything nasty, just fruit. It is very similar to my memories of a Carmelo Rodero or a Cillar de Silos joven and it would be interesting to taste all three together.


Fuentespina Tinto 2011

I have been drinking quite a lot of this wine recently – the local MAS supermarket stocks it at €2.70 and apart from the first bottle which was a little ‘farty’ on opening – reductive taint? – all the bottles have been very good. Dark, clean, lots of fruit. It is a very inexpensive way of discovering or enjoying the Ribera Del Duero Joven style. And one huge bonus is that the grapes seem to have been hand picked, there is no hint of mechanical picking tannins.

The bottle suggests that there are hints of vanilla and milk ‘lacteos’ but I couldn’t find any. I believe if this wine has been in oak for any time, it was in old oak and only briefly.

If you like this wine and are willing to spend about three times as much then try Baden Numan – the 2009 and 2010 were excellent, I am sure the 2011 will be as well – and do not be put off by the lack of clarity – I guess Baden Numan do not filter or cold stabilize and you can taste that difference.