The Grape Valdubón is made solely from Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto del País. Other authorized grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha. Although Albillo, a white variety, authorized, it is used only as a blending grape in DO wines since only reds and rosados (rosés) are authorized. The overall vineyard area is just over 13,500 hectares or roughly 33,300 acres. This is relatively small. As a comparison, there are about 38,000 acres of vines in Napa County. Because of this limited production and high quality, Ribera del Duero wines are in great demand. In the harsh climate, the Tempranillo grape makes a wine of great power and concentration. This has led leading winemakers to use little if any Cabernet Sauvignon, preferring to make their top wines from 100% Tempranillo, as is the case with Valdubón. The Blend 100% Tempranillo Tasting Notes The color is youthful and lively, intensely red, showing good aging. The nose is wonderfully complex, rich in spices, coconut and vanilla, with well integrated notes of fruit concentrate and red berries. In the palate it is both lively and soft; well structured and balanced. The fruit is complex yet full and relatively youthful, packed with spices and the finish is long and balanced. Food Affinities The Valdubón Reserva pairs well with the complex and deep flavors of dishes like coq au vin, osso buco or grilled lamb chops. This wine also goes with more delicate flavors, such as salmon in red wine sauce or even grilled swordfish.
Bodegas Valdubon is near the town of Milagros, a few miles south of Aranda de Duero. Valdubon was founded in 1997. Following recent remodeling, the winery can now produce 50,000 cases of wine annually. There are just under 100 choice acres of estate vineyard, all planted with Tempranillo.