2002 Ribera Del Duero Tempranillo Gran Reserva
Incredibly pure plum fruit and a silken opulent texture.
Time has served our Lot 263 2002 Ribera Del Duero Gran Reserva well revealing an incredible nose of cedar, graphite, licorice, black pepper and sweet cigar smoke. It has incredibly pure plum fruit and a silken opulent texture paired with a powerful structure built for aging – this wine will go another 20 years easy. Fruit and earth meld here seamlessly and you can actually smell the minerality that runs the length of this wine.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Earth, Plum, Tobacco
For a wine that has spent 3 years in barrel and almost 6 years in the bottle, it's remarkably deeply hued. Sam and I have always wondered about the Spanish propensity to bottle wine and sit on it for years on end. In fact, many of the pictures we took from our trip there a few years back were of acres and acres of bottled wine with no labels on it. It simply struck us cash flow guys as unbelievable. If my warehouse looked like that, my bank would have me drawn and quartered. That said, the historical reasons for the Spaniards cave aging their wines for so long really have to do with their tannin structures – the wines were typically hard edged and needed time in the cellar to soften.
Sourced from 40 to 80 year old vines, the wine undergoes 40 days of maceration before undergoing a hot, fast fermentation to maximize aromatics before going down to barrel for 36 months of aging in oak. Now, to answer your question – how the heck did I get my hands on this wine? Well, it's not terribly interesting to be honest but there not a lot I can say about it either. This is one of Spain's larger wine companies and this is their best wine. Trust me – I tasted through the entire portfolio. The wine would retail here for $65+ a bottle and probably more now with the weak dollar. At $24 this wine is an incredible deal.