The nose showed black cherry, minerals and herbal tones with an airy, energetic feel. On the palate it was refined and beautifully balanced with focused red fruits and a mouthfilling sturcture leading to a finish full of wild berries with a tinge of citrus.
First vintage of the Malabrigo. The house style is on the modern, extracted side of the spectrum and this wine embodies that. But it carries it well and seemed less obtuse than the regular Cepa 21.
Dense, concentrated fruit with a purple tinge. Unlike the other bottling there's blueberries and blackberries, without the jammy raisiny tone. Wonderfully concentrated, smooth oak influence, and nicely complemented by its spicy and peppery. Tannic and young for sure, but the tannins are fine and quite creamy. It would be fun to taste it again 5 years down the line.
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(Bodegas Cepa 21 Ribera del Duero Malabrigo) Opaque purple red violet color; reduction, tart black currant, violets nose; tart black currant, violets, sweet green herb palate; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish (21 months in French oak; 14% alcohol)