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July 31, 2013

Spain

Spain

Ribera del Duero is located west of Rioja, along the Duero river and like Rioja predominates with the grape variety Tempranillo. Ribera del Duero has a higher elevation than Rioja and has a lot of limestone in the soil. There is a huge diurnal variance in temperatures which combined with attitude means the grapes are smaller, denser, deeper in colour and richer in flavour than Rioja. Here leading producers blend French grapes and age in new American oak.