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2009 Is One Of The Greatest Vintages Ever In Spain
This Is Classic Ribera At A Great Price

Big, Full and Robust

This is a great wine from a great vintage. The 2009 vintage for Spain is superb, Parker commented that the best Wineries will make their finest wines in 2009. I have tasted many of great wines from Ribera del Duero and I can tell you this is a great vintage, rich and concentrated, very approachable young with the potential to age for long periods of time. Ribera del Duero is like the Napa of Spain. Instead of making big robust Cabernet, they make big, robust Tempranillo, the noble grape of Spain. The 2009 Briego Crianza is a great example at a great price, 33% savings and under twenty by the case. Parker loved the wine, 91pts calling the wine, “a delicious Ribera”. This is definitely one of the greatest values I have tasted from this great red wine region in this great vintage. I strongly recommend.

The Benito Hernando brothers (Fernando, Gaspar and Javier), owners of Bodegas Briego, have recovered the tradition that their father was already exercising in the 60's. The brothers called their project of fight and illusion Briego, a synonym of fight - fight for the quality of this wine, fight to defend rural life and fight to revive the village of Fompedraza! The fight began by repurchasing and replanting many local vineyards. In 1992, their dream finally came true with their first wine release under the D.O. Ribera del Duero wine laws. Today, Briego has 70 hectares in production, controlling both the quality and production of vineyards greater than 60 years old.

This provocative Spanish wine was produced from the region’s best grape, the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo sourced from La Solana vineyard) to obtain the best quality in terms of body, structure, fruit aromas, etc. The grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed prior to pressing. After resting for a few months in stainless-steel vats for clarifying through the cold winter months, the wine was then transferred to age in French and American oak barrels for 14 months.

Winery’s tasting notes: “This is a three-year-old wine, which has spent 8 months in American oak and 6 months in French oak, before resting in bottle. Still showing a youthful red cherry color. Deep and brilliant with soft lilac tones in the rim. Strong characteristics of the Tempranillo grape variety. Ripe red fruits aromas - blackberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, etc. - followed by delicate notes of tobacco, caramel, eucalyptus (menthols), wood ageing characteristics - cinnamon, vanilla, cumin, etc. All provide the qualities of a great wine full of expression and complexity. On the palate it is velvety, delicate, generously mouth-filling and offers a pallet of exciting flavors (ripe fruits, pastry, jam, etc..). This wine will benefit with 15 to 20 minutes of decanting/aeration prior to serving.”


"The wines will have a highly intense color and will be very fruity. They will have a good body on the palate and rounded tannins. We can safely say, it has been an excellent year." – Wine Spectator / 2009 Vintage Report Card (12/04/2009).

“A very attractive, deep red color. The nose has floral notes, lactic, fruit compote and well assembled black fruits with fine woods. Delicate aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and cumin. The palate is subtle, delicate and enveloping.” – 91 Pts. Robert Parker /The Wine Advocate.