2011 Valderiz - Joven
When I first tasted Tomás Esteban's wines a few years ago, I knew I was tasting the work of a true master. As the story unfolded, it became clear why his full range of wines were so drinkable and unbelievably elegant. Tomás is a total genius. He had the skill, more than 25 years ago, to plant his vineyards and graft them to old vines of high quality that were particularly suited to the local conditions. Going against what was the fashion at that time, he chose the traditional bush vine system, rather than the trellis system that is most common, because he felt that it was better suited to the climate of the Ribera del Duero.
The vineyards of Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz currently consist of 60 hectares planted by Tomás Esteban and 10 hectares that belonged to his father, all of which have been successfully maintained. They occupy more than 35 plots in different positions, with different soils, and all are within the boundaries of his village of Roa de Duero. The family was one of the first to take up ecological agriculture in the Ribera del Duero. The complete absence of herbicides, pesticides and mineral fertilizers is their hallmark. This type of organic cultivation has enabled them to achieve a well-balanced plant and a residue-free soil, resulting in fruit of exceptional quality.
This wine is made from grapes from the Pago de Valdehermoso, a vineyard situated in Roa, where some of the most complex Tempranillo grapes in the Ribera del Duero wine-producing region are grown. Respecting the authenticity of this grape, Valderiz produces this harmonious medium-bodied wine with its dark berries, bell peppers and a hint of local olives on the nose, with juicy fruits, firm structure, and a long spicy finish in the mouth.