#38 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Deep, dark cherry red color.
Aroma: Complex mixture of intense ripe black fruit and fine oak character.
Taste: Elegant, well structured and full bodied. Rich, long and satisfying on the palate
Smooth & Supple
I can't say anything bad about it. This varietal is usually not what I drink. I love big and bold reds. This was not big and bold. It was a bit too light in body and taste for my preference but very good. Definitely worth the experience. If you are introducing red wine to people who are not red drinkers, this is a good introduction bottle. Simple and unintimidating.
Yes, it is "big and bold" but my oh my how smooth. I bought four of them to give away as Christmas gifts but am starting to feel rather grinchy about the other three bottles now that I have tasted it!
I tried this twice. First time I was very pleased by the blackberries and spices on the nose and very lush mouthfeel. The finish is long and has great grippy tannins (the mark of Ribera Del Duero). Kind of sad to say that I now prefer Ribera to most of Rioja's wines. Ribera is kicking butt with fantastic wines and has been for a while now. I corked it and stuck it back in the fridge and tried it two days later. Still cookin' this time with a nice jaminess. This is an extremely good tempranillo for the price and drinks like a bottle in the $30-40 range. I really think it will only get better at least until 2015.
Can't believe WS rated this 93. I would rate it 85 at most. Strong acid bite. sour. Maybe this is show spanish wine is supposed to taste. This will be my last order for it.
Big & Bold