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Telmo Rodriguez, D.O Ribera del Duero

The vogue region for Tempranillo at present, D.O. Ribera del Duero is a couple of hours north of Madrid, it's a warm-by-day, very cool-at-night high altitude river valley system (ribera = river), which flows west into Portugal and is re-badged at the border as the Douro. As you drive east into the valley from the region's central city, Valladolid, the terroir lays out clearly for all to see. Either side of the big ol' river stretches perhaps a kilometre of sandy flats, planted to very withered old dry grown bush vines of Tempranillo. Tempranillo here is darker, juicier, earthier, meatier than say in Rioja. It's home to supple, fleshy earth-perfumed wine with an eerie resemblance to Burgundy.

Telmo's Ribera del Duero wines are entirely handmade, biologically grown and matured for 18 months in new French barriques. Although beautifully made, with great finesse and integration, these beg for at least 3 years' cellaring to allow regional perfume, earth, and all the many layers of complexity to really express.

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Wine Description RRP
Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero