Category Archives: Ribera del Duero wine

Urban Ribera

Urban Ribera Tinta Del Pais 2008 Roble €7.50 Mövenpick April 2014

Bodegas Ortega Fournier.

This is a very good wine, at the price (knocked down from a higher and less appealing figure) . 2008 is a bit old for a roble and only three months in oak, but the wine itself has been very well made.

The wine was tasted straight out of the bottle and into the glass at about 19ºC, little above the recommended temperature of 16°C. The wine shows signs of its age, it is not bright, it is a little dull and murky, when assessing the colour at the edge of the glass it is brown rather than purple.

On the nose there is the polish of French oak and just a hint of ash tray but not much fruit. And then the taste or rather the whole mouth feel. Some French oak and lots of unctuous something and long lasting something at that.

Despite the above description this is a very nice wine and one I will try at a slightly lower temperature and with different food, in fact I will probably buy half a dozen tomorrow.

If you get a chance to buy this wine at anything up to about €12.50 then I think you will have a very reasonable purchase, it is not a vibrant fruit driven joven, it is not a classic American Oak Parker special, it is a very well made wine with a distinctive and most appealing taste.


Lopez Christobal, Monte Pinadillo and Paramo de Corcos

Lopez Christobal roble 2012 – €8.80

Monte Pinadillo joven 2010- about €5.80

Monte Pinadillo roble 2010 – about €6.40

Paramo de Corcos joven 2011 – €6.50

All purchased in Dusseldorf in September 2013

The Pinadillo wines were OK but lacked anything special – the price a reasonable reflection on quality when compared to other German reds.  The joven was a bit dull, lacking any real fruit , insert your own word for excitement.  The joven was dominated by American oak.  It stand up well to some inexpensive Ribera  crianzas and if treated as such is a reasonable buy.

The PdC (drink cold – from the fridge) is a lovely young wine, masses of fruit, mostly cherry.  About one bottle in 12 has  had a touch of reductive taint, that has vanished within 10 minutes of opening.  This is the benchmark joven Ribera in Germany and would probably provide a retirement income for the German vintner if he got his finger out and ordered some more.

Lopez Christobal – A near perfect roble.  There is French oak, but just a hint, there is friut in abundance, it tastes great when cold from the fridge, or when it has had only half an hour in the fridge.  I am not sure it is the benchmark roble, but I have bought some Valdubon roble 2011 and some Convento Orejo roble 2011, and hope for some Baden Numan roble 2011, to find out.

Torremoron Crianza 2009

€7.80 in Dusseldorf.

A subdued Ribera Crianza, the American oak is a bit stronger than the French, but neither are new.  At this price this is a very good introduction to a 2009 Ribera Crianza.  If you like the taste, there are many that are better for a lot more money.  If you don’t like the taste you will only waste your money and be disappointed trying more.

Convento Oreja roble 2011

I have twice drunk the crianza from this bodega and both bottles were very good, so I approached this roble with a fair bit of anticipation and was not disappointed.  I put the wine in the fridge a couple of hours before opening – this being summer – and was rewarded on opening the wine with huge amounts of fruit and a touch of French Oak.  This continued for mouthful after mouthful until the wine started to warm up and the oak predominate.  One gulp in particular was sensational the lingering aftertaste was pure ‘dry’ piccota cherry.

The bottle cost about €9.90 in Wuppertal and was worth every cent.

Warning this wine – a 2011  – throws a sediment so very little filtration and very little of the original fruit lost to the mores of the wine drinking public.

Probably the best Ribera I have tasted in the last 12 months and certainly the best roble since the Lagar 2009 in Aranda

Dehasa del Rey 2009 Crianza


Dehasa del Rey 2009 Crianza HIJOS DE ANTONIO BARCELÓ, S.A. purchased from Rossman Dusseldorf for €5.99


A dark purple colour, a bit of American Oak on the nose and a bit more in the mouth. There is some fruit. Thin and dry in the mouth, but with some length. It tastes like a co-op wine and I cannot think of another Ribera Crianza that I can buy for this price in Dusseldorf. If I were at a barbecue then I dare say that the flavour would improve a bit. That said, will I buy it again ?- Probably not. I would rather pay another €1.50 and buy the Marques de Villila, which on a good day is very good and on a bad day is better than this. Or buy the Paramo de Corcos 2011 (Tinto) – Roble for €0.50 more. Either will give you much more of a hint of the potential of Ribera wines.


Bottle to bottle consistency -Marqués de Velilla Crianza 2008


Marqués de Velilla Crianza 2008


Grandes Bodegas S.A. La Horra, Ribera del Duero



Purchased in Düsseldorf [Rindchen’s weinkontor Ellerhorst 1) 25/4/2013 and subsequently every week  for about €7.50



The first thing I noticed about the wine was the use of a ‘reserva’ length cork, which boded well for the liquid itself.



The wine was drunk with skate and a salad – so lots of butter and olive oil. It struck me as a good example of a La Horra crianza: big, powerful, significant quantities of oak, both American and French, some fruit, mainly cherry, and a long finish. A very good wine that I will drink again – so I did a week later, this time with Grey Mullet. Again the wine stood up very well to quite a strong fish.



Unlike the Altos de Tamrón 2011 Roble (€4.99) that tasted of sweet vanilla and may have gone well with ice cream, but not with roast chicken.



Subsequent bottles of the Velilla have been mixed, three have been as good as the two drunk above and two have been much more austere with large amounts of American oak and small amounts of fruit, they have also been a little earthy and less unctuous. Maybe we are drinking the wine at a higher temperature and the extra 3 degrees C is making a huge difference or maybe It’s another case of the well known Ribera, same vintage, bottle to bottle consistency.


Baden Numen ‘B’ 2009

Baden Numen ‘B’ 2009 Bodegas Baden Numan €9.90 Vino Versum Düsseldorf June 2013

Drunk on a warm afternoon – yes such afternoons do exist – and initially without any cooling.

The wine was very dark inky purple and bright, unlike previous bottles, drunk three years ago, that had been slightly cloudy. The first think that hit me was the smell of fruit and some French Oak, then the taste – big alcoholic, American oak – something like a Pesquera. This was not what I was expecting so I put the bottle in the fridge for an hour and opened something else.

The something else was Domaine De La Janasse Terre de Bussière 2010 – the VDP Vacluse version of this wine, containing non AOC Merlot. In comparison to the Baden Numen, this wine was red, not black. And the first notes were of cocoa and French Oak. fruity in the mouth and despite being 14.5% tasted less alcoholic than the 14% BN. A very nice summer afternoon wine, smooth and round enough to be drunk without food. I am sure it will also go well with something hearty later in the year. €8.90 Vino Versum Düsseldorf June 2013.

Returning to the Baden Numen and with the benefit of both food and some cooling the fiery alcohol had gone, there was a bit more fruit but most of the oak remained . A very nice wine, still tasting much more like a crianza than a semi crianza such as A&M’s Ceres.

This all left me a bit puzzled. I remember the Baden Numen I drank in Aranda as being cloudy, with a sediment but bursting with fruit and have no memory of it being a roble let alone tasting like a (very good) crianza.

I had a look at the website which was singularly unhelpful. I may have to go onto facebook and ask them if they ever made an unoaked joven.

Legón Roble 2011 and Ribereño. 2011 Joven


Legón Roble 2011 –BODEGAS “VIÑA VILANO”, SDAD. COOP. bought from Trink Gu Ribereño t (near Albertusse, Düsseldorf €4.99 and Ribereño. 2011 Joven EXPLOTACIONES VALDUERO, S.A. Aldi Sud, Düsseldorf, €2.99 May 2013


First up was the Legón, deep purple, slightly muddy, hints of the parent company’s excellent Viña Vilano. Lots and lots of (cherry) fruit, with no discernible hints of oak, but just the occasional taint of green tannin. A lovely wine at the price and went well with fish and a well dressed salad. Second up and both benefiting from and being handicapped by that position was the Ribereño. Not as dark but clearer to look at and then fruit, fruit and more fruit. Next time the order will be reversed, but at the moment the Ribereño wins the value for money Ribera wine (probably any German or Spanish wine, in Germany) award hands down.


Tomorrow I will be buying up some more Ribereño, next Tuesday I will be buying some more Legón – enough said?

Paramo de Corcos Tinto 2011 Paramo de Corcos Crianza (2008)

Paramo de Corcos Tinto 2011 Paramo de Corcos Crianza (2008)

Bought for €6:50 and €12.50 respectively in Viñedo weine aus spanien, Merkurstrasse 38 Düsseldorf May 2013

The tinto is a very nice example of a young Ribera; lots of fruit, mainly cherries, a hint of French oak, a very malleable mouth feel – reacting to different food combinations, sometimes the oak is more evident, sometimes the fruit dominates and sometimes the alcohol and unctuous nature of the wine is to the fore. So, a well made wine that reacts nicely to food and makes food matching fun.

The crianza is again well made, there is oak, there is fruit, there is a €12.50 price tag – or nearly two bottles of the ‘tinto’. It’s a good Ribera wine, with a cork supply ‘reserva’ cork and I am sure it will age and develop for a good few years yet, but when Aster are selling off their 2003 and 2004 reservas for less and when I can buy Marqués de Velilla Crianza 2008 for €7.50 locally, the price does not look so good.

I think the Paramo de Corcos crianza is a better wine, I am just not sure it is €5 better.

Also tried was the Markus Molitor 2009 Haus Klosterberg Pinot Noir Mosel Vino Versum €12.90 May 2013. The kindest thing that can be said of this wine is :French oak on the nose (when it has been open for about an hour) otherwise it is thin, slightly acidic and lacking in anything other than a hint of the Pinot Noir grape. Nice enough for a fiver, though not something to write home about.

ValTrevieso Joven 2012

ValTrevieso Joven 2012 Kaufhof, €7.99 May 2013

First of the new season Riberas. Bright, purple with blue rivulets, some fruit on the nose but much more in the mouth, with hints of mint and most surprisingly some vanilla in the finish. A good Ribera ‘fat’ mouth feel.

Not the best Joven I have ever drunk, but for this money pretty good.

ValTrevieso is unusual in not being 100% Tempranillo. Instead it also contains some Cabernet Sauvingon and some Merlot. I imagine the mint came from the Cab Sav – could the vanilla have come from the Merlot or has ValTravieso used something else?