Daily Archives: April 21, 2008

The “other” Duero

A few weeks ago we joined some friends in Ashland Virginia for a wine and beer tasting at the Caboose, a small wine, beer and cheese shop that sits alongside the railroad tracks.  At the tasting were quite a few wines I had not had the pleasure of tasting before, including the 2004 Rivola Sardon de Duero that we purchased. At first glance I thought I had seen incorrectly because prior to this I had only heard of the Spanish region of Ribera del Duero and not the next door neighbor of Sardon.  I was not mistaken; Sardon de Duero like Ribera del Duero is located in Castilla y Leon, the largest of the autonomous communities in Spain. This wine in particular comes from the winery of Abadia Retuerta which encompasses 700 hectares (~283 acres) of land, 204  hectares of which contain vines that lie along the Duero river. The composition of grapes that take up the planted acreage of the estate consist of75% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% is Merlot and a small amount of Syrah and Petit Verdot.


The 2004 Rivola is a blend of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a mix of French and American oak casks for 12 months.   


My Tasting Notes –

Color – crimson

Nose – cabbage, prune, pepperoni, pomegranate, little funk, walnut

Taste – Raspberry, collard greens, blueberry, orange peel, cherry

Mouthfeel – medium body and smooth across the palate

Finish – Long with dusty tannins


This was a great wine with a fabulously smooth texture with great earthy cooked vegetable notes that were pleasantly complimented by the red fruit that drenched the palate. Complex in its flavor and aroma profile but very easy drinking in nature and a great value at $12 (on sale) or about $15 regularly priced.  This wine is estate grown as all of their wines are but does not classify as one of their Estate Wines which I am eager to seek out and try.




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