Fincas Valdemacuco is the first foray outside Rioja for Bodegas Valdemar. This Rioja producer was established in 1889, and have poured over a century of experience into this new venture from Spain’s other great Tempranillo-producing region. The grapes come from selected vineyards in the Nava de Roa district near the Duero river itself. The soil is sandy loam with a little gravel. The wine was aged for twelve months in French oak barrels, before bottling the second summer following the harvest. They have sought out the best regions and soils in order to make wines of the very highest quality, preserving the essence of each zone but following the guidelines and applying the know-how of this family which has been making wine since 1889.
Fincas Valdemacuco Ribera del Duero Crianza is a classical Ribera del Duero, full of powerful fruit but with an underlying seam of freshness and minerality. Creamy, spicy oak notes complement the flavours of black cherry and leather.
An obtuse nose with chunky berry aromas gets sketchier under the microscope, which unveils aromas of green bean and mulch. A flat rubbery tough palate is fiercely tannic, while this tastes a bit stewed and heavy. A rubbery finish tastes of dark-berry fruit. Wine-Mag