This is drinking well and seems to be at or possibly just pack peak. It is a pretty modern take on Tempranillo but with some bottle age it shows traditionally. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, cedar and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, cherries with spice and slight smoke. Nice finish. This is ageing gracefully and doesn't seem almost twenty years old. That said, these should be drunk up at this point. Nice on its own but better with food. It would work well
Made from Tinta del Pais, this offers a lovely combination of huckleberry, green tea, blueberry, plum, light vanilla and charred wood notes. It was aged for a year in both French and some American oak. There is a lovely integration with the oak (vanilla) and the black fruit compote. The tannins support the structure of the wine and the acidity, though mild, reinforces the overall harmony. This is a very lovely wine, nothing dominates, but is seamlessly balanced. ORIGIN: Ribera del Duero, Spain. ALCOHOL: 14.5%
Bought on release and well stored. On release, this was a very modern take on Tempranillo. At age 22, it still drinks that way although it has calmed down and matured quite a bit since then. Still drinking youthfully. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries with an earthy notes. With air, more barnyard emerges (Brettanomyces) although not strong. Full bodied. Tannins are resolved. On the palate, raspberries with black cherries and some kirsch. A bit of char as well. Long, slightly drying finish. Complex and deep, this won't get better but shou
This comes from the producer of Pingus, one of Spain's most revered wines. Of course, it doesn't have the price tag of that one, but this is still an outstanding wine. 90% Tempranillo. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, cherries, spice and minerality. Lush texture. Firm tannins. On the palate, black cherries, blueberries and slight cherries with underlying minerality. Long finish. Delicious. This is a more modern take on Tempranillo. This drinks great on its own but will need bigger foods for now. This would be nice
2016 Atalayas de Golban Ribera del Duero Torre de Golbán Crianza, Spain, Ribera del Duero, Wine Review
This is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, dusty attic notes and some cherries. Medium bodied with good acidity. On the palate, tart black cherries and some cherries with underlying char. Seems to be about at peak right now but should drink well for another three to five years. This is nice on its own and will work well with meats and fowl. A nice wine for a sausage pizza.
One of the classic wines of Ribera del Duero! It is 100% Tempranillo that spends 18 months in American Oak and 6 months in bottle prior to release. 14.5% abv. Purple with ruby swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose is great with clay, cherries, slight dill and a bit of roasted coffee. Medium bodied. Firm tannins. Great balance. The fruit is ripe but not overblown. On the palate, black cherries, anise and some cherries. A interesting menthol note on the finish. Considering the pedigree, this is a very fairly priced wine. Great on its own, it will work well with food as well.
Classis Ribera del Duero wine made from 100% Tempranillo. 14.5%abv. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is dusty with spice and cherries. Nice acidity. Firm tannins. Lovely texture. On the palate, black cherries, some cherries, coffee. Plenty of depth. The complexity emerges with some air in the glass. Long finish with a touch of chocolate. This drinks great on its own, and is food friendly. It went quite well with a carrot dip made with Moroccan spices. Drink over the next seven to ten years.
This is the second wine of Pingus, but that doesn't seem fair to call it a "second" wine. Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with plums, cherries, black cherries but also some black licorice and spice. Full bodied. This had been decanting for a few hours and was still young and tannic. On the palate, notes of black cherries, cherries and spice. Very ripe but no noticeable heat or alcohol. Medium tannins. Good finish. This is drinking well now but should still improve over the next ten years. Drink over the next twenty. A nice match for hearty beef or por
This is an inexpensive 100% Tempranillo grape from Spain. It is a modern take on this wine. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries and candied cherries with a slight herbal note. Medium bodied. On the palate, cherries. Simple and one dimensional but enjoyable. Moderate finish. Drink over the next year or two. Better with food, pizza is a nice choice.
This is one of the great wines of the world. It is 100% Tempranillo (locally called Tinto Fino). This particular bottle was a magnum! Wow. It is still quite young and probably could have used a 24 hour decant. That said, it was gorgeous. Purple in color.