Resalte de Penafiel Crianza 2005
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
#26 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Deep red intense colour. In the mouth the notes of ripe fruit predominate combined with smooth toasted oak. Very structured wine, high level of tannins, with sweet sensations that add volume to it when in the mouth. This crianza wine, in contrast to other Ribera del Duero crianza wines, opens up your appetite and makes you want to keep sensing its aroma. It possesses an aromatic elegance that is obtained via a balance between depth (mineral, balsamic and bush notes), freshness, ripeness (blackberries and raspberries) and its ageing in French oak barrels (which adds creaminess, structure, hints of aniseed and toasted flavours to it). In the mouth something unexpected happens: there is a vivacious entry, a fresh and juicy flow and a long dry after-taste where again the memories from the ageing process surface. All in all it is a surprising crianza because it goes from intense colours and explosive aromas to coffee, cocoa and cedar.
Wine Spectator - "Fresh and focused, this firm red delivers ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit, backed by espresso and licorice accents, finishing with alluring notes of sous-bois and mineral. Offers depth and drive. Drink now through 2016."
Resalte de Penafiel Winery
Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel was founded in 2000 in order to become a high quailty wine producer.
Since it is a completely new winery, it is equiped with the best technological solutions and the most advanced machinery, while keeping our traditional methods of winemaking. View all Resalte de Penafiel Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.