96 points from the Wine Spectator:
The dense, polished texture carries rich, harmonious flavors in this elegant red. Blackberry and currant notes mingle with espresso, mineral, licorice and spice accents. Lovely floral hints emerge on the long, clean finish. Beautifully sculpted. Drink now through 2030.
They go on to say:
Valderiz is a family-owned winery in Spain’s Ribera del Duero which produces bold reds from the Tempranillo grape, known as Tinta del Pais in the region. Established 20 years ago by Tomas Esteban, a seventh-generation grapegrower, the winery’s 125 acres of vineyards are all organically farmed. This cuvée is produced from vines that are more than 25 years old; the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in a mix of French (80 percent) and American oak. It has a stellar track record, and this is the best vintage yet.
Of the 2255 Ribera del Duero reds the Wine Spectator has reviewed, only one (at $200) scored 97 points. Only eleven (most over $200) have scored 96. And this one is the best value by a mile