2001 Bodegas Balbas Ribera del Duero Reserva

Tempranillo Blend

  • Spain
  • Castilla y León
  • Ribera del Duero

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  • hoovel wrote: 85 points

    May 9, 2015 - My bottle was a fake purchased from WTSO. There is no way that the cork that I pulled out of this bottle was anywhere near 10 years old, and the wine was not more than 3-4 years old - maybe younger. That said, it was not an unpleasant young wine. Perhaps the counterfeiters have transitioned from the super high-priced old classics to highly-rated, fairly widely-produced mid-priced wines.



  • NOLA Bob commented:

    5/9/15, 10:42 PM - Why would you throw in a low rating against a wine you didn't taste? Doesn't make sense to me.

  • Boatdrinker commented:

    5/13/15, 5:28 PM - Same thing happened to me. My first batch from WTSO was very good, seemed totally legit, so I bought a 2nd batch (same vintage). 2nd batch tasted contrived and "fake", cork was brand new. I wrote to WTSO letting them know my experience. They immediately refunded my $, even though that was not my intention. I've since seen this label offered many times.

  • Momus99 commented:

    7/1/15, 5:27 PM - Apologies if you're already aware of this, but many Spanish wineries hold back reservas and gran reservas well beyond the minimum required amount of time between harvest and bottling, so a 2001 may only have been bottled, say, in 2011...

  • hoovel commented:

    7/2/15, 6:22 AM - The winery apparently had meaningful issues and did a large scale re-corking. Appears the re-corked bottles have substantial difference from earlier bottles - fyi

  • Boatdrinker commented:

    7/2/15, 6:47 AM - Thanks for that, Hoovel.

    Momus - I am aware, maybe 2-3 years in cask or barrel, but not 10.

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