Tonight We’re Drinking to Spain and Ribera del Duero!

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Tonight we join the folks at Snooth for their virtual Ribera del Duero tasting at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Pacific). Ribera del Duero is part of the Duero River Valley and Castilla y León (kasˈtiʎa i leˈon), the old seat of Spanish nobility when the Moors still controlled the southern portion of the country. Castilla y León is the largest of Spain’s wine regions, with some of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful architecture.

Ribera de Duero_June10Named wine region of the year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Ribera del Duero is a Denominación de Origen (DO) located in Spain’s northern plateau and is one of Castilla y León’s quality wine regions. Officially founded on July 21, 1982 by an organization of wine producers and growers who were determined to promote the quality of their wines and enforce regulatory standards, archeological evidence indicates Ribera del Duero winemaking goes to over 2,000 years to the Roman era.

In the 12th Century Benedictine monks spurred a revival in local winemaking, and wine became an essential part of Ribera’s cultural and economic trade and development in the 15th Century, resulting in the first quality regulations, the “Ordinances of Castilla y León.” Highly regarded for export at the height of the Spanish Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries, Ribera wines gained greater acclaim with the founding of Bodega Vega Sicilia in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves.

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Located high in the mountains, Ribera del Duero is often cold. Warm during the day, and cold at night, the region offers the perfect environment for Tinto Fino, the region’s version of Tempranillo. The short growing season can result in hard tannins lending to some abrasive young wines as well as those with great cellar potential.

In Ribera del Duero, Crianzas must spend a minimum 12 months in small barrels — no larger than 225 litres (the size you typically see used as table bases in tasting rooms) compared to other areas in Spain where barrels can be as large as 1,000 litres.

These are usually medium-bodied wines that go especially well with smoked or grilled meats.

Tonight we will taste along with two of Snooth’s four wines. Our selections include

- Bodegas Montebaco Tempranillo Blend Ribera del Duero Semele Crianza 2010
- Bodegas y Vinedos Montecastro Alconte 2009

Join us on Snooth, here, as we post our thoughts on these wines!

To read about other Tempranillos we haves tasted see

September 1: Celebrate International Tempranillo Day!

OMG! I Love Texas Wine!

Pirates, Rubber Chickens and Spaniards, Oh My!

Restaurant Review: Pope’s Pairings Protect Plonk

Cheers!

The WineWonkette

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. She holds certifications from International Sommelier Guild, regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events and is currently studying for her California Wine Appellation Specialist certification through the San Francisco Wine School.