Matarromera, Ribera del Duero Crianza
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Matarromera, Ribera del Duero Crianza - 2018

Item # 45899 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Ribera del Duero is a great source for rich, luscious reds from northern Spain. More powerful than the wines of Rioja, these 100% Tempranillo wines blend sweet red fruit and spicy oak in a big chewy style that complements steaks and chops very well.

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Staff Pick Notes

Ribera del Duero is a distinct style as much as it is a distinct region. Red wines made from Tinto de Pais, or Tempranillo, are aged in oak for extended periods of time resulting in powerful wines. Often it can be difficult to discern much about a wine when it's hidden under layers of wood. Yet when a producer understands how to rein it in a little, and show off the fruit and terrain, then lightning strikes. Matarromera's crianza, aged a year in barrel, strikes this balance with flair. It's expressive of parched earth, like terracotta painted red. The perfume and palate are seeping with bitter chocolate, ripe berries, cedar and dried clay. The tannins are firm, but effectively integrated. Ideal with grilled steak tacos and a smoky salsa.

- TD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


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Ribera del Duero

This region is home to perhaps the most famed and acclaimed Spanish wine in history, the incomparable Vega Sicilia. Indeed for the better part of the twentieth century, Vega Sicilia was the single most expensive wine in Spain and, largely, the country’s major claim to fame on the international market. It wasn’t until 1972 that other winemakers began to creep into the region, but now the Ribera...

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