Dark red color. Decanted for 1 hour. Drank 1 glass over 45 minutes. Fairly typical of past bottles. Tobacco, cedar, cassis, raspberry and spices on the nose. The palate has licorice, cassis, dark berry, chocolate, oak, spices.
This wine is rich, layered and complex. It has blackberry, cinnamon (Christmas spices), kirsch and cedar forest scent. Black cherry, red currant, coffee, caramel, mint and chalky mineral flavor define the palate. Plentiful ripe tannins set the stage for a long finish.
Dark maroon. Rustic nose shows cherry, plum, leather, and licorice. Palate picks up a harder slate like quality to go with the rest, but plenty of cherry, plum, and blueberry. Carries some weight, more rustic than elegant. So goes well with stews, roast, and so forth. Very fair value.
Hands down the best Crianza I've had from RdD or Rioja. Stunning flavors, bright fruit still with fine tannins, and a slight salinity that adds layers of flavors. This wine is one of those that will blow away the high end drinker and the casual drinker. Finish lengthened out but is still on the average side. One bottle left, wish I had another case.
Needs a full three hour decant. Nice complex aromas of dark fruit, tobacco, graphite, leather and a touch of spice. Carries through the initial taste. Well balanced and a very nice finish with a touch of coffee. Great with a spicy pork roast.
Decanted for three hours. This is a pure joy on the nose, showing graphite, cherry, stewed tomatoes, licorice and cinnamon. Gushing on the mid-palate, then there's a torrent of berry and stone on the long finish. Layered. Drink now - 2019.
Did not decant. Poured from bottle after 30 min or so. Lovely sweet nose.. dark cherry, anise and leather. Minimal tannins, low to medium acidity. Red cherry, strawberries, spices and a hint of mint. Medium, peppery finish. Will not get better. Was probably best a year ago.
PnD for 1 hr. Medium crimson in color and very translucent. On the nose, black cherries, a pronounced floral essence (like tuberose), creamy oak, and a hint of mint. Lighter in body with a very nice plush mouthfeel. Fully resolved tannins and all components are very well integrated. Medium+ finish. My only knock is a somewhat reticent nose.
Enjoyed in a Riedel Vinum Tempranillo glass at 60°F.
Christmas Eve with Family (Our House): Very dark red color. Decantd for 1.5hrs, drank 1+ glass over an hour. This was excellent, but not quite as good as the last couple bottles. Nose showing red fruits, mostly raspberry, light spiced oak, only a bit of earth. The palate is medium bodied with red raspberry, cherry, oak, spice, and quite a bit of black licorice. The palate seemed a bit more acidic than in the past. Medium plus finish. 90-91pts.
Decanted for 2.5 hours and poured back in bottle. Modern Riber del Deuro. Vanilla, black cherry, smokey on nose. On palate, black licorice, blackberry, black cherry with medium body, sweet tannins, medium acids and medium finish. 91+/-
Shows very attractive, earthy aromas of vanilla, oak, sweet fruit and spice. Full-bodied, loaded with plum and boysenberry flavor and very long - featuring lots of vanilla on the ripe, sweet finish. Not especially complex, but there's wonderful depth to the palate. Extremely polished and quite enjoyable. Isn't quite the 94 point wine WS rated it as, but still outstanding. Maybe I just don't appreciate Tempranillo. 50+5+12+16+8=91
1 hr decant. Deep red, opaque. Very little nose of muted blackberry. Palate of same fruit with small leather accent. Spicey, peppery and lingering finish. Like another comment, was disappointed with WS score. Seemed even and well made, but nothing exciting except for some grip at the end.
Maybe I was expecting too much as this wine was marketed as one of the highest rated Spanish wines by Wine Spectator in 2010. It's a nice bottle with a deep red color. It required about an hour or so to open up and blow off some of the heat. The palate is all about black cherry, toasted oak, and espresso. Medium bodied with smooth tannins. Bright acidity really lifts this wine. There is a fair amount of heat on the back end. This might just be a case of expecting too much, but this is not a 90+ wine for me, though it is a well made wine. Doesn't seem like it's for long term cellaring. Drink now or over the next couple years.
Day 2: Flavors have integrated very well overnight. You now get some nice red and green pepper corn, plum, as well as a bit of cured meat. Nice smooth finish with no hint of alc. and a long lingering finish. This has come around very nicely.
Maybe I was too hard on the score day one but I'm keeping it. (Most people kill a bottle in a couple of hours. :-) )
Odds & Ends - Reds: SRP: $35. Dark, ripe nose of black cherry, blackberry, smoky oak, and espresso. The palate matches, with a hint of gray minerality, vanilla, clove and baking spices coming through. Very good.
Gave a few hours in a decanter. Deep red and amber in the glass. Nose is multidimensional with plum, current, aged wood, with some stewed fruits and spices. Palate bright and full of dancing berries laced with darker hints of black coffee, dark chocolate, and wisps of licorice. Tannin is played down through the finish, but lively notes continue. Similar to a not too sweet port at the end. PJG: 91
Bouquet of lots of bright black fruit gets your attention quickly, plums, ripe strawberries, black currant. Smooth tannins give it well rounded structure with a mineral backbone. Cedar, chocolate, espresso, anise. Easy oak.
Pretty good, I suppose, but RdD's just don't seem to be my fave. Give me some serious Rioja, or even a drama-queen Toro... Anyhow, this is bold and lush and leans a bit more toward savory (cherry edging toward blood/iron) than, say, Astrales with its sweetness & "exotic spice". It's exactly what you'd expect Wine Spectator to love.
Has the lushness, ripeness, fruit and oak treatment of a Napa cab, but with more acidity and less tannin. Medium to full body, with darker fruit than most tempranillo of plum and currants in a modern, forward style that has a nice lift of acidity on the finish. Drinks better alone than most RdD's, and maybe less food driven.
This is getting better...! We didn't decant this, just opened and aired for 15 minutes on the boat. Very smooth and deep flavors that last. This is going to be a 95 in the future. With 8 more in the cellar, I'm a happy man!
Excellent, excellent, excellent. Nose is sweet with raisens and cherries. A bit of vanilla and clove both in the nose and on the palette. Lots if fruit and herbs on the tongue. Not a fruit bomb by any stretch. Herbs like sage and basil come through. Perfect for food pairing. Had with maple glazed salmon and basil orizo salad. Matched beautifully.
Considering the price point, this wine is extraordinary. It is drinking very well right now and I believe it will not get much better. Represents the grape and region very well, low acidity, subtle tannins, quite oaky (a bit too much for me). Still a rock solid Ribera, worth every $.
Smooth and really well integrated. Great fruit and acid, with nothing sticking out of place. For our Spanish-themed wine night tonight, this was the wine of the night, along with the Priorat. Amazing value.
A slight upgrade to my last tasting note on the wine. A very nice Tempranillo that is humming along nicely right now and seems to be in its sweet spot for drinking over the next couple of years. A nice blending of old and new world character. Medium bodied+, with classic Tempranillo brooding dark fruits and a bit of tobacco. Would buy more if I could find it. Very nice for its type.
Plum on nose. Has strong, rich, intense black fruits aroma such as blackberry with hint of coffee and tobacco. It has raw and dry tannin that needs a few hours of decenting. Drinking feeling is not smooth and best pairing with red meat. 94 points from WS is obviously over-rated. Can be stored for a few years more to see the improvement of the structure.
Nose of coffee, moss and blueberry. Flavors of dark cherry, bruised strawberry, pepper, tobacco, chocolate and coffee. Tannins are a little firm, could use a year. A good balance of new world style with old world restraint.
Purple-garnet robe. Red plum and violet with hints of tar and dry loam. Red raspberry in mouth with a bit of cherry cola and white vanilla. Finished dry, but balanced- round oak tannins, some blueberry and faint white smoke. Bottle was constantly evolving - curious to see day #2. 90/B+ = 50/5/11/8/8/8
Deep ruby. Very nice blueberry, violet, brown sugar, and forest floor nose. Medium bodied, blackberries, slightly sour cherries, pepper, oak, well integrated grainy tannins, dried leather, smoke, tobacco, lively acid, and a medium to long finish. A lot going on here, but very harmoniuosly. Really good.
Good wine. Was slightly disappointed, due to my high expectations from the WS94, high cellartracker scores, recommendation from two friends, and my love for spanish wines. It was still good, but just didn't blow me away
Very Good. Dark purple. Aromas of earth, smoke and vanilla jump from the bottle when the cork is pulled. Mouth-coating flavors of dark fruit, leather and earth. A wonderful bottle of wine; it was a real treat with a slab of roast beef and smashed red potatoes. <Wow/Very Good/Good/Fair/Plonk>
Outstanding wine, went straight to glass through a screened stopper/aerator and then through the vinifier. Great deep color, a rich opulent nose of old school tempranillo. Toasty oak and vanilla tones, deep red fruits, long lingering finish. I will absolutely buy more of this wine. Another Spanish "Killer" from Ribera Del Duero! Highly recommended 92 points all day long!!
Big, meaty, rich dark fruit flavors. Tannins are a bit dry and have to work to get the aromatics and flavor to open open, but a classic dark fruit and oak flavored Tempranillo that will improve with a couple years of cellar time.
Pretty good, but not (in casual drinking with dinner) obviously special. Nicely balanced and tasty, but not extroverted, "explosively perfumed" not the equal of classic old-school rioja. I've had a few bottles of the 2000 Gran Resalte and its specialness eludes me too, though not most here.
Garnet red colour. A rich, pleasing palate with hints of chocolate, herbs, tobacco, brown sugar(typical for tempranillo) and some smoke. The spices and chocolate came back on the palate. Easy acidity and rich tannins with warm alcohol. The wine is full-bodied. You can keep this nice wine for an extra 3-4 years.
More powerful than I was expecting. A big nose and big flavors of oak, black/red fruit and earth in the glass. A bit dry, and turns alcoholic on the surprisingly short finish. Day 2, pretty much the same sing, except significantly less powerful. I would honestly prefer it somewhere between days 1 and 2 - resolved and still tasty.
3rd time with this wine and was a great match for chinese food. This is one of those go to wines that is a crowd pleaser and has something special when paired well. picking up a few more bottles to have some to enjoy over the next 5 years.
Pop and pour and followed over two or three hours. Good dark color. There is a dusty note. First whiff and I get concrete - concrete vats loaded up with juice. There is good black and red fruits. The tannins are three. Dry and dusty. Finishes with that cement note.
Given the rave reviews I was hoping for more but honestly I think I'm just not a huge fan of many Spanish reds. Lots of fruit and nicely integrated oak here, but (like many "big" high-scoring reds from Spain) it strikes me as ultimately one-note and not that interesting. Folks who like the style will probably get a lot more out of this than I did. Certainly it is a crowd-pleaser that I'd be happy to serve to most guests.
Dark red color. Second visit to this wine. Notes are fairly consistent. Lots of earth and cedar, a bit of smoke, leather, licorice, cassis, and blackberry. The palate has good acid, nice feel, cassis, blackberry, dusty tannins, spice, chocolate finish. I sense a tad of heat rearely. 92+pts.
The nose really jumps out with a potent bouquet of dark red fruit, acid and soil. Racy flavors of fresh pomegranate and sour cherry while showing plenty of acidity and some earth on the palate. There's also a licorice mint freshness along with powerful but fine grained tannins on the back end. Resolves well with a graceful medium finish. This is an excellent RdD...very well balanced, flavorful, and with some god short to medium term aging potential. 93+
Aroma of vanilla and cinnamon, with some fruit. The taste has significant fruit, but balanced with the tannins. The flavor develops over time after opening and moves from dried to fresh fruits such as strawberry and blackberry. The finish is long, with some complexity. The food pairing with chicken and pasta casserole did not do it justice.
Not sure I agree with the scores here, although solid at $24. Medium color with clear meniscus. Moderate fruit intensity with nice blackberry, fig, and garrigue/sage notes. Balanced and enjoyable, although not anything special.
Beautiful color. After an hour of air the powerful tannins yield to berries and dark fruit. Some subtle but very interesting spice flavors - anise? Bigger, and with more fruit than your average temp. Seems to have a lot of life left in it.
Opened bottle number two. Didn't love it as much as the first but we really loved the first one. It might have been a result of the other less than stellar wines that were brought to the party. Still a great wine and a steal at $24. Nice Spanish with strong red and black berries. Chocolate espresso smoothing out the tame finish. Probably will be better over the next couple of years but to say it is approachable now is an understatement. I have yet to have a better Temp close to this price. Bought six in the last few months and purchased another three this morning. Perfect bottles to bring to parties. I have nothing bad to say.
Interesting and Delicious Tempranillo Tasted February 2011 Color is deep garnet, about two-thirds opaque with highlights of ruby around the edges and brownish-purple darker tones in the middle of the glass. Pleasant and intriguing smell: Immediately one detects apothecary alcohol, followed by sweet bonfire, beef jerky, and a whiff of road dust. Decanting produces the gentle bouquet of a strawberry garden. The wine offers a silky body, a bit of acidity on the tounge, and modest tannins. Tasted on its own, the tempranillo reveals unusual flavors – canned green beans and a hint of oak. After some decanting, delicious vanilla beans and buttery biscuits covered with strawberry preserves took over. With food, the wine’s fruity deliciousness asserts itself further and the body lightens to that of a California pinot noir. Aftertaste is a modest, savory portion of charred pork t-bone. The next day, the finish is sweeter – it reminds one of thick glaze of dark cherries and hickory wood. This Ribera del Duero makes for a fascinating wine on its own. Tasted with broiled grass-fed burgers and sweet potato fries it was absolutely full and delicious. this review remains property of author and was posted on www.cellartracker.com by author. all rights reserved.
Sipped in the afternoon with friends. Really opened up after 1-2 hours. Opened 2nd bottle after first taste of the 1st bottle to let it have time using a decanter and an aerator. Balanced fruit and tannins. Not sure if there is any reason to wait to drink this. Really fine now.
Nose: Big nose. Blueberry, herbs and burgundian-like funk. Also something candylike on the nose. Taste: Tart! Really tart. Intense acidity and minerality on the approach. I really love the minerality. Mid-palate transitions to a hint of oak. Bright red fruit. Still tannic, good structure, could use another couple of years in the bottle but still drinkable now. Long finish. Really nice.
We opened a different bottle but it was corked. We opened this right out of the cellar and double aerated it and let it for only 10 minutes ( hey, dinner was ready) and it was still great. We look forward to seeing how this grows. I will buy more when I find the right price.
I don't have a detailed review beyond it being lush, dark and really enjoyable. In my opinion, it presents and drinks as well as many of the better known Spanish reds selling at 1.5 to 2 times its price point...
Brought to an informal and impromptu dinner with a couple of wine buddies and took no formal notes. Recall that it was medium bodied with a little more forward fruit than some RdD's, and matched well with food as is a characteristic I associate with good tempranillo.
Color like other Tempranillos - medium ruby, translucent with rosy/clear meniscus. Chewy, thick, rich and wonderful wine. Great red fruit on the nose, vanilla, a little alcohol. Creamy on the palate, good viscosity, rich dark red & black fruit - black cherry, blueberry and blackberries. Nice, firm tannins which hopefully will integrate better with time. Good long drying finish - very satisfying.
Flavors of black cherry with a dark chocolate finish. Some tannins evident but in control. Full bodied and chewy. Good structure and well made. But overall flavors are dark and slightly muted. Good drinker and goes well with steak. Second day opened up a bit more.
Decanted for 1 1/2 hours. Very dark in color - with long slow legs. The nose gave off a a strong leathery component, particularly at first - but after about an hour or so the leather faded and nice berries notes came through. Good dark fruit flavors with mineral flavors in the background, good acidity and medium tannins. Medium length finish with some herbal undertones. Got better the longer it was open. Recommend a 2 to 3 hour decant.
Excellent wine, though perhaps not as good as I was expecting given the previous tasting notes. I took a first taste when I opened the bottle, and the flavors changed by the moment, too fast to record - I was amazed. But with air, everything became a little more ordinary. Very full-bodied, with smoke, muted dark fruits, wood on the first night. On the second night, it was better, with roasted meat flavors and a long finish. I'm glad I have 5 more to see how this develops over time.
Deep purple with garnet hues. Enticing, medium nose of black cherry and vanilla. Flavor brings mouth watering acidity, nicely-gripping medium tannins, with a well-joined medium finish. Everything to like: character, harmony and balance, delicious flavor, reasonable QPR -- and a classy break from the standard red varietals.
Ribera del Duero and Rioja Wines (Sara's House): Another good showing and this really improved over the course of the night. Cranberry, spice, minerals, and raspberries. Medium finish and tannins are present. This wine changed throughout the night and could really use a five hour decant to show its stuff.
"Dark fruit, light anise/menthol note in the background. Concentrated fruit; nicely textured with convincing acidity but a touch too much tannins on balance - but this will solve itself in a year or two. Enjoyable now; likely a little better in a year or more.
Second day the wine relaxed a bit too much. Still enjoyable, but not as much substance."
A nice Tempranillo, but I'm not sure what the Wine Spectator was smoking. A solid mid-level medium to full-bodied with good fruit, acidity and tannins. Typical Tempranillo fruit with a bit of tobacco, leather, and dark fruits. A nice effort, just not as spectacular as some have rated it.
Dark ruby red with aroma of dark berries and cassis, this wine is one of the great bargains available today in Spanish or any other domain. With a delightful flavor of berry, wood and tobacco, firm texture and medium to long legs, grab some while it lasts. It should contine to improve for a long time but with decantering it is approachable now. Beware the 15% alcohol and possible head ache if you go over the top.
This may be one of my favorite Spanish reds of all time. Deep, inky dense color - gives one the impression that you could stand a fork in the glass. Generous bouquet of dark berries with a magnificent fruit bomb of cherries and raspberries on the palate supported by well integrated tannins, acidity and heat. This wine has tremendous depth and drive all the way through the long and pleasant finish. Despite it's power, this wine is very approachable and is ready to drink now. I popped it open, vin-aerated into a decanter and enjoyed it immediately over a two hour span of time with some cheese and crackers. The 15 % alcohol is very well integrated - hardly noticeable.
Minneapolis Wine Club does Spain (Sara's house): Purple red color. Nose has oak, earth, leather, herbs, cassis, blackberry, and chocolate framboise. The palate is really nice, black fruits, chocolate framboise, round tannins and a really nice finish. This is very nice and should continue to improve for a couple of years.
Nice nose, color, popped and poured at local steakhouse. Jammy fruit, long dry finish. I left most of mine in my glass till my steak got there, was much better with 1/2 -3/4 hour air time. I was the only one at the table with enough patience to do that...at 15% alcohol, surprisingly smooth and balanced. Very nice wine indeed.
Absolutely gorgeous wine! Just hitting it's stride...this is what tempranillo is all about ... Lovely blackberry fruit filled the table upon uncorking this gem... wonderful fruit on the nose interwoven with earth... shows excellent on the palate with nicely balanced minerality with anise ..... went perfectly with lamb... I've got to get more of this stuff...one of the best wines at any price I've had so far this year...Bravo!
Double aerated into decanter and drank over next 1.5 hours with dinner. Blackish red color (no meniscus) - looks young. Initially very tight nose but with airtime this wine gained some complexity - smoke / herbal / black cherry. On palate, blackberry, black cherry, touch of tobacco. medium body (good mouthfeel), acidity was a little lower than I'd like and medium finish with tannins noticeable. After about 1.5 hours not as noticeable, but I got a fair amount of heat on the finish and this wine seems slightly out of balance. With air time it got better but it's noticeable - very nice nose but finish was a let down - given it got better with airtime hopefully this will improve - 87-89 range (usually I love Ribera's). Left 1/2 a bottle in cellar and will post if this improves. No idea how this got a 94 rating from WS. Noticeably better on night two - maybe 89-91 range. Heat from alchohol on finish was gone. Wine was softer with more balance - more tobacco/ baking spice/ fruit still very vibrant. As prior taster noted, finish is clipped but don't notice heat. If opening now decant for 3-4 hours.
Decanted. First hour: 88. Somewhat tight and slightly tannic, but you sense potential !! Hour #4: 91 more mellow. Very nice on nose. Dark fruit and hint of spice. Relatively short finish. Will see what 2-4 years of cellaring will result into.