Valdubon X, Ribera del Duero
A deep, dark red with a wonderful combination of ripe black fruits and spicy, vanilla oak from the best parcels of 2017, 2018 and 2019 combined.
Dark and very dense in colour, star bright, intense blood red with flashes of garnet which denote both youth and potential at the same time. On the nose touches of ripe black fruit dominate, along with some vanilla, mint and other spices coming from ageing in French oak, wrapped around a certain warmth.
On the palate it is both soft and powerful, due to the fine balance between the acidity, the ripe tannins and the alcohol level. It is nicely developed, with a full and silky mouth-feel. It is elegant on the tongue, with a long finish.
A wine to be enjoyed just on its own, or drunk as an accompaniment to fine meats.
Valdubón 10, or diez, was born out of a collaborative project between 10 people from all the disciplines involved in making, distributing and selling wine. The team of creators, made up of oenologists, food and wine journalists, merchants and sommeliers, have all offered their views, at meetings over a two year time frame, of what makes a fine wine, and have finally, carefully, reached agreement.
On the nose they would be seeking to create a wine with high fruit concentration with a touch of well integrated oak, to enhance the aromas. On the palate it would be structured, but still pleasantly approachable, full of rich, ripe tannins.
The wines selected to begin the project came from a tasting laid on for the group of 10 creators of all the wines available in the Valdubón winery, as yet not in bottle, no matter what their vintage, time or type of ageing, or vineyard origin.
Compostion of vintages: 2017: 38% / 2018: 48% / 2019: 14%
100% Tinta del pais AKA Tempranillo. 18 months in French oak barrels.
91 Points - Guia Peñin 2021