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Ribera del Duero Wine Tasting


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Our next wine tasting focuses on the wines of Ribera del Duero in northern Spain. We will introduce some new arrivals from Bodegas y Viñedos Alto Sotillo, a true artisanal producer where even the winery is built by hand!

With top producers hitting prices of $1,000 a bottle, Ribera del Duero is home to some of Spain's most powerful and expensive red wines, primarily centered on the native Tempranillo grape.

Like its sister region Rioja, Ribera del Duero is historically influenced by Bordeaux wine styles. The signature blend of Tempranillo with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, subject to long barrel ageing, was pioneered by the famed Vega Sicilia estate in the 1880s.

Some producers follow this approach, while Alto Sotillo and others prefer pure Tempranillo. A few top quality cuvées blend Tempranillo with native red grapes or even a Côte-Rotie style blend with white Albillo grapes, the only permitted white grape in the region.

We will try a broad spectrum of these food-friendly wines, 13-14 high quality wines in total, including both organic and conventional labels. The tasting will feature principally Ribera del Duero reds, complemented by an eclectic selection of lighter whites and rosés.

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aux nuages – Ribera del Duero wine tasting

When: May 20 2018 (Sunday) 3 – 6 pm

Where: Nishi-azabu Bridgehouse (near Hiroo station)

Price: ¥4,000

Places: 20

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Wine List

Please note that all wines originate from Ribera del Duero (Spain) or Douro (Portugal) - two ends of the same river. One of the great powerhouses in the wine world!

Rosé

- Bodegas y Viñedos Alto Sotillo - Rubiejo Rosado 2017 (Spain / Ribera del Duero) [NEW!]

- a fruity and refreshing rosé with structure and some color, made from Tempranillo grapes

White

- Quinta do Pôpa - Pôpa​ DOC Douro Branco 2016 (Portugal / Douro)

- a refreshing, well structured white from Viosinho and Gouveio grapes, blended with grapes from very old vines

- Quinta do Romeu - DOC Douro Reserva Branco 2014 (Portugal / Douro) [organic, undergoing biodynamic certification]

- a refreshing organic white from 10 indigenous Douro white grapes - from a very remote location in northern Portugal

- Real Companhia Velha - Branco da Quinta das Carvalhas 2015 (Portugal / Douro) {92 pts Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)

/ 92 pts Wine Spectator}

- Blend of white grapes from one of the finest sites in the Douro, showing great freshness and finesse on the palate

Red

- Bodegas Rauda - Tinto Roa Roble 2013 (Spain / Ribera del Duero)

- good value red from a cooperative in the heart of the Ribera region - pure Tempranilo aged for 6 months in barrel

- Dominio Basconcillos - Basconcillos 6 meses 'ecologico' 2013 (Spain / Ribera del Duero) [organic]

- a fine and elegant organic Tempranillo from a high altitude Ribera del Duero location, aged for 6 months in barrel

- Bodegas y Viñedos Alto Sotillo - Rubiejo Barrica 2015 (Spain / Ribera del Duero) [NEW!]

- a pure Tempranillo from an artisanal Ribera del Duero winemaker, his entry level selection

- Bodegas Rauda - Tinto Roa Crianza 2010 (Spain / Ribera del Duero)

- good value red from a cooperative in the heart of the region - 12 months in barrel, and further bottle ageing before release

- Dominio Basconcillos - Basconcillos 12 meses 'ecologico' 2010 (Spain / Ribera del Duero) [organic]

- a fine and elegant organic Tempranillo from a high altitude Ribera del Duero location, aged for 12 months in barrel

- Bodegas y Viñedos Alto Sotillo - Rubiejo Crianza 2015 (Spain / Ribera del Duero) [NEW!]

- pure Tempranillo from an artisanal Ribera del Duero winemaker, 16 months in French and American oak, will

repay further ageing

- Dominio Basconcillos - Viña Magna Reserva 2011 (Spain / Ribera del Duero)

- a well structured Reserva blending Tempranillo and Bordeaux grapes, from one of the highest altitude locations

in Ribera del Duero

- Dominio Basconcillos - Viña Magna Edición Limitada 2011 (Spain / Ribera del Duero) [NEW!]

- a rare Gran Reserva quality blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Albillo white grapes, in the style of Côte-Rotie

- Bodegas y Viñedos Alto Sotillo - Rubiejo 'Evolución' 2011 (Spain / Ribera del Duero)

- a classic and elegant Reserva/Gran Reserva quality Tempranillo from a rising star in the Ribera del Duero region

Port

- Quevedo Port Wines - LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) 2011 Port (Portugal / Douro) [93 pts Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)]

- a very popular benchmark LBV from a top year, one of the finest LBVs available in the market

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