Bodegas Valdaya is located in the Ribera del Duero in the great northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula. In 2013 Bodegas Valdaya recruited a young couple as winemakers. Marta Ramas and Miguel Fisac studied oenology at Bordeaux University and learnt their trade working in Saint-Emilion and Péssac Léognan under the guidance of Denis Dubourdieu and Stéphane Derenoncourt. A stint of working different vintages in Hawkes Bay, Napa Valley and The Cape in South Africa eventually brought them back to their home land of Ribera del Duero to begin work at Valdaya. Marta and Miguel initiated a new way of working at Valdaya - micro fermentations in used barrels, with every process carried out by hand.
The micro fermentations which are used in the production of this wine and the fact that all the processes are done by hand, have all created a wine that is both silky and elegant. There is a purity of fruit and finesse which sets it apart from many others made in Ribera. The 2014 vintage has immense power and concentration. A black forest gateau nose and on the palate there is a pure black cherry character and a subtle spiciness, followed by dark chocolate and a note of mint.
Delicious with veal, roast pork and hearty veggie dishes such as nut roast or bean casserole.
Robert Pspker, Wine Advocate, 2019: 95/1003 points.