In what might be considered winning the Triple Crown of the Spanish wine world, Ribera del Duero and Rueda pulled off quite the victory at the 2015 Ultimate Wine Challenge: Our wines were the top-rated bottles in both the Spanish White Wine category as well as the Spanish Red Wine.
Because one should always start with whites and progress to reds, let’s talk Verdejo. Topping the panel of white wines from Spain, the 2014 Javier Sanz V Malcorta Verdejo earned the “Chairman’s Trophy” with a score of 93 points. The Rueda success didn’t stop there though, as the three runner-up finalists all hailed from Rueda — Cuatro Rayas Vinedos Centenario Verdejo 2014 earning a score of 92 and Flor Innata Verdejo 2014 along with Hacienda Zorita Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2014 both netting a score of 91. In fact, the top 10 rated wines among Spanish whites are all Rueda Verdejo wines.
And now, onto Ribera Del Duero and Spanish red wines, with Vega Real Crianza 2009 pulling in a whopping score of 97 points to earn the “Chairman’s Trophy” as the top-rated wine in the category. In second place, Hacienda Abascal Crianza 2010 Arribes del Duero round out the top two with a score of 96 points.
It’s not that you needed any convincing that Ribera y Rueda wines were top-notch and among the best that Spain has to offer, but as one wise fella once said: If you don’t know, now you know. See the full results and get more info about the 2015 Ultimate Wine Challenge here.