Vina Mayor Reserva 2004
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
#38 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Deep, dark cherry red color.
Aroma: Complex mixture of intense ripe black fruit and fine oak character.
Taste: Elegant, well structured and full bodied. Rich, long and satisfying on the palate
Wine Spectator - "This red shows focus and depth, with admirable purity to its black cherry, mineral, tobacco and tar notes. Offers an excellent balance of firm, well-integrated tannins and clean acidity. Not showy, but rock-solid. Drink now through 2016."
Vina Mayor Winery
The Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor project began in Quintanilla de Onésimo (Valladolid) in 1986 in the wake of the birth of the official Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero certification.
With a track record of more than 20 years of success, Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor is known as an innovative highly positioned brand with regards to the quality of our range of wines from the regions of D.O. Ribera del Duero, D.O. Toro and D.O. Rueda.
VIÑA MAYOR's position as an industry leader has been consolidated through the crafting of wines with personality, modern style and elegance. Our wines have repeatedly been awarded prizes by the world's most prestigious wine guides and top competitions. View all Vina Mayor Wines
About Ribera del Duero(rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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- 5 Stars: 3
- 4 Stars: 9
- 3 Stars: 2
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 1
17 ratings, 4 with reviewsRed Vino - Reston, VA34/25/2011
I can't say anything bad about it. This varietal is usually not what I drink. I love big and bold reds. This was not big and bold. It was a bit too light in body and taste for my preference but very good. Definitely worth the experience. If you are introducing red wine to people who are not red drinkers, this is a good introduction bottle. Simple and unintimidating.43/25/201355/1/2012
- Smooth & Supple
42/29/201242/5/201241/17/201241/6/2012Jrize - Tampa, FL412/23/2011Vladimir - Wilmington, MA39/24/2011David R Bebeau - Springfield, MO58/25/2011Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA47/5/2011I tried this twice. First time I was very pleased by the blackberries and spices on the nose and very lush mouthfeel. The finish is long and has great grippy tannins (the mark of Ribera Del Duero). Kind of sad to say that I now prefer Ribera to most of Rioja's wines. Ribera is kicking butt with fantastic wines and has been for a while now. I corked it and stuck it back in the fridge and tried it two days later. Still cookin' this time with a nice jaminess. This is an extremely good tempranillo for the price and drinks like a bottle in the $30-40 range. I really think it will only get better at least until 2015.Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL17/1/201126/10/2011Can't believe WS rated this 93. I would rate it 85 at most. Strong acid bite. sour. Maybe this is show spanish wine is supposed to taste. This will be my last order for it.Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ42/12/2011Anthony Wolf - Gaithersburg, MD45/11/2011Debbie Green - Great Falls, VA512/8/2010Yes, it is "big and bold" but my oh my how smooth. I bought four of them to give away as Christmas gifts but am starting to feel rather grinchy about the other three bottles now that I have tasted it!
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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