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June 2015 - Special Spanish Wine Tasting

June 2015 - Special Spanish Wine Tasting
This month's Wine feature is Special Spanish Wine Tasting Wines

Special Spanish Wine Tasting Reviews

Valdevinas 2004 "Mirat" Reserve Ribera del Duero
94 points
$34
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Mature, attractive aromas of baked berries, melted chocolate, delicate spices and herbs, and tamari with a creamy, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length dried sour cherry, blood orange, and chocolate craisins and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A fantastically rich, vibrant, and nuanced mature Spanish red wine.
Majuelos de Callejo 2010 Reserva Ribera del Duero
94 points
$55
Bright dark black garnet color. Lively, earthy, meaty aromas of berry soda bread, pickled watermelon rind, and beef bouillon with an oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate berries and citrus peels, spice, nutskin, and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Spanish wine with a funky, earthy edge that will excel at the table.
Palacio de Bornos 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale clear light bright straw color. Delicate, attractive, fruity toasty aromas of roasted almonds, peach tart, and fruit salad with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length lemonade, mossy earth, and olive finish with fruit, well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A lively and flavorful dry white wine that is sure to please.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Linaje Garsea 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark bright black garnet color. Bright, buttery, nutty aromas of roasted walnuts, blueberry pie crust, and lentil with an oily, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-long craisins, delicate spice, and sandalwood finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, appetizing red with a great savory character.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Protos 2010 Reserva Ribera del Duero
93 points
$49.99
Black garnet color. Bright, buttery aromas of almond brittle and berry tart with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-length chocolate, craisin, mocha nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A silky, flavorful red that is a pleasure to drink.
93 points $49.99
Altogrande 2011 "Crianza" Ribera del Duero
92 points
Black ruby color. Delicate aromas of dried sour cherries and cocoa with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length spiced nuts and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and appetizing wine that will be quite versatile.
Jose Pariente 2014  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$17
Best Buy
Bright pale straw color. Interesting aromas of grilled peppers and pickled okra with an even, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-length melon rind, grapefruit rind, and minerals finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A snappy, wild and wooly sauvignon blanc.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Rivendel 2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
92 points
$19.95
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of chocolate covered berries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length raspberry cobbler, smoked nuts, and creamy vanilla finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A robust, flavor packed red that is sure to please.
92 points $19.95 Best Buy
Bodegas Rodero 2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
92 points
$30
Garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb, olive, dried cherry, and leather with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length cedar, chocolate dried blueberries and nuts, and earth finish with earthy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A complex, meaty, and layered red wine.
Dominio Basconcillos 2012 Organic Ribera del Duero
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of berry pie a la mode, floral honey, and baklava with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long coconut gelato and toffee finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
3 Ases 2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
91 points
$14.50
Best Buy
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of baked berries, spice, and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length chocolate orange and lemon peels, craisin, vanilla nuts, and earth finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious and appealing red with serious structure and finesse.
91 points $14.50 Best Buy
Linaje Garsea 2009 Reserva Ribera del Duero
91 points
$28
Opaque black garnet color. Bright, creamy, fruity toasty aromas of chocolate nuts, gherkin, and dried berries with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length sandalwood, olive, and creme brulee finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and multilayered, savory red wine.
Rudeles 2008 Finca La Nacion Ribera del Duero
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of chocolate berries, spiced nuts, and mint leaf with an tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length creamy vanilla, cassis, cedar, and earth finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A bright, firmly structured red that will excel at the table.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Resalte 2013 Vendimia Seleccionada Ribera del Duero
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of black raspberry pie a la mode, toffee, and Montaña de Alicante cherries with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts, cedar bark, and earth finish with dusty tannins and no oak. A delicious, well balanced Spanish red with nice acidity and ageability.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Jose Pariente 2014  Verdejo
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Bright medium straw green color. Delicate, interesting aromas of pickled melon, honeyed nuts, and apricot with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length lemon-blood orange sorbet finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A vivacious and mouthwatering white wine.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Emina 2013 Roble Ribera del Duero
90 points
$19.99
Garnet color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, roasted nuts, and chocolate cherries with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length craisin, cedar, earth, and beets finish with moderate oak. A nicely oaked, chewy, savory red.
90 points $19.99
Lecco 2010 Crianza Ribera del Duero
90 points
$27
Deep purple color. Delicate, creamy, fruity aromas of berry custard, nut brittle, and delicate herbs and spices with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length chocolate berries, nutskin, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A well balanced and robust red with an elegant balance.
Bodegas Rodero 2011 Reserva Ribera del Duero
90 points
$50
Opaque black garnet color. Delicate, fruity, woody earthy aromas of coconut cream, doughy berry pie crust, pencil, and olive skin with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate craisins and nuts, sour cherry, blood orange, and top soil finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant red with nicely compacted flavors and structure; this will age well.
Eresma 2014  Verdejo
89 points
Yellow color. Aromas of cheese danish, Meyer lemon, and herbs with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length clementine, green apple, and melon finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty, refreshing white that will be great with food.
Vina Matey 2013 Ecologico Ribera del Duero
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of brown sugar, cracked pepper, berry compote, and mocha with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length berry skin, pencil shavings, and spiced vanilla cream finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, lively Spanish red wine that has the structure to evolve and improve.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Pena Roble 2010 Crianza Ribera del Duero
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Delicate aromas of chocolate nuts and dried berries with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, snappy marinated beets, cocoa, and vanilla nuts finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich and hearty red that will reward you at the table.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Bohorquez 2006 Reserva Ribera del Duero
89 points
$16.99
Garnet color. Aromas of berry vinaigrette, spiced nuts, and honey with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length pomegranate, earth, and roasted carrot finish with light oak. A savory, mature red with table tuned flavor and structure.
89 points $16.99
Lopez Cristobal 2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
89 points
$29
Opaque black garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas of nut brittle, dried berries, mocha cream, and clay with an oily, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, relaxed cedar planks, spiced cherries, vanilla cream, and earth finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A firm, youthful Spanish red with a lot of stuffing.
Admiracion 2011 Seleccion Especial Ribera del Duero
89 points
$29.95
Bright medium brown brick red color. Earthy, floral toasty aromas of ripe black cherries, toasted black walnuts, spiced berries, and dark tobacco with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
89 points $29.95
Rento 2011  Ribera del Duero
89 points
$65
Opaque black violet color. Lively, baked, jammy aromas of stewed berries, chocolate dried cherry, and spiced peanuts with an oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length cedar dust, grassy earth, and praline finish with dusty, firm tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured, somewhat mature red that will work well at the table.
Rudeles 2013 23 Ribera del Duero
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Brick red color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black cherry, purple pez, butter cream, and delicate peppery spice with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Bocca 2014 Roble Ribera del Duero
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of spicy berry compote, cocoa, and baking spice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy marinated beets and tree bark finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Ribera de Duero for the table.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Pinna Fidelis 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright medium garnet black color. Fruity, woody aromas of black cherry, butter cream, blond tobacco, and red licorice with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Tierra Aranda Roble 2013 Tinto Roble Ribera del Duero
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Bright, baked, boozy fruity aromas of baked berries, chocolate sour cream frosting, and marinated beets with a silky, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length black raspberries and cassis, nutskin, and earth finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, attractive and penetrating red that will be even better with time.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Cuatro Rayas 2014  Verdejo
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas of grilled grapefruit, fresh herbs, melon sorbet, and pine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length mint, kiwi, and lime finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely balanced white with a nice savory streak for the table.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Marquis de Valparaiso 2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Delicate, earthy, nutty aromas of nut brittle, spiced cherries and berries, and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length earth, dried lemon, and cedar finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and lively red that will pair well.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Monasterio de Palazuelos 2014  Verdejo
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright medium emerald straw color. Bright, attractive aromas of peaches in cream, nougat, and spiced melon with a glycerous, tangy, dryish medium body and a polished, intricate, medium-length Meyer lemon, mango, and grassy earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. An appealing, dry white wine that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Cair 2010 Anada Ribera del Duero
88 points
$20.99
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, interesting toasty aromas of damson plums, black cherry, fruit cake, and mocha with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish with well-integrated, fruit, firm tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $20.99
Javier Sanz 2014 Malcorta Verdejo
88 points
$29
Bright straw color. Lively, floral, fruity aromas of fruit salad and dried honeysuckle with an even, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, breezy lemon ice, melon, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A rock solid dry white wine.
Altogrande 2011 "Vendimia Seleccion" Ribera del Duero
87 points
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas of spiced black cherry, tobacco, butter cream, and cedar with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
V&R 2014  Verdejo
87 points
Bright pale emerald straw color. Mild, pure aromas of melon and lemon with a soft, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy minerals, green apple skin, and nutskin finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A well balanced and lively dry seafood wine.
3 Ases 2013 Roble Ribera del Duero
87 points
$9.50
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby black color. Fruity, toasty aromas of cherry clafoutis, cherimoya, cream, and gravel with a chewy, tangy, dry medium-full body and a warming, layered finish with fruit, grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $9.50 Best Buy
Vitulia 2013 Barrica Ribera del Duero
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of boysenberries, creamy nougat, and delicate spice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy sour cherries and delicate herbs finish with papery, firm tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, firmly structured red for the table.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Cair 2011 Cuvee Luci & Begona Ribera del Duero
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas of black cherry, red licorice, dried twigs, and lemon pepper with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a peppery, complex, buoyant finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Palacio de Bornos 2014  Verdejo
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Bright, floral aromas of orchids and peonies, peach tart, and melon with a soft, racy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery mango, Meyer lemon, and chalk finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A bright, cheery, dry white wine.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bracamonte 2013 Roble Tempranillo
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry and cranberry tart, candied violets, baking spices, and orange blossoms with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-length pencil shavings, mulberries, and nutskin finish with chewy, hard tannins and moderate oak. A well made, chewy red for the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Yllera 2013 Boada Pepe Yllera Tempranillo
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Rich, fruity, toasty aromas of berry pie and baked apple with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, breezy sandalwood and nutshells finish with clunky, woody tannins and moderate oak. A firm, tangy red for the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Vitulia 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
87 points
$16
Deep purple color. Fruity, creamy aromas of creme brulee and black raspberry tart with a silky, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length vanilla cream and nuts and bark finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced red for the table.
De Alberto 2014  Verdejo
87 points
$18
Yellow color. Aromas of apple-peach pastry and praline with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, melon, lemon sorbet, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing white wine.
Javier Sanz 2014  Verdejo
87 points
$18.50
Bright pale straw green color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of grapefruit and grass with a soft, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick green apple skin finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice carefree, dry shellfish wine.
87 points $18.50
Cuatro Rayas 2014 Vinedos Centenarios Verdejo
87 points
$22
Yellow color. Aromas of spicy fruit compote and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, breezy Meyer lemon, melon, and minerals finish with fine tannins. A refreshing white with a lot of versatility.
Pago De Los Capellanes 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
87 points
$23
Dark bright garnet black color. Bright aromas of black cherries, tree bark, and tobacco with an lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak. Impressive fine fruit tannins.
Raiz de Guzman 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
87 points
$35
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Lively, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of roasted grain, charred cherries, tobacco, and oven tempered cedar planks with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, layered, medium-length finish with firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak. Enticing savory tannins that should reward cellaring.
Pago De Los Capellanes 2011 Reserva Ribera del Duero
87 points
$40
Bright dark ruby black color. Lively aromas of blackberry, black cherry, coconut - vanillin, and tobacco with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Ferratus 2013 AO Tempranillo
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright dark clear violet color. Attractive aromas of coffee gelato, dark cherry tart, and toffee with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, relaxed blood orange, tomato relish, and nuts finish with well-integrated, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A nice steak wine.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Protos 2014  Verdejo
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright pale medium yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of mango custard and spiced peaches with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length Meyer lemon and grassy earth finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A racy white that will cut through rich foods.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Felix Callejo 2011 Vinedos de la Familia Ribera del Duero
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark bright ruby black color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of dried lavender, chocolate covered berries, and butter roasted nuts with a glycerous, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cherry skins and pits and cedar finish with firm, coating tannins and heavy oak. A very firm and tannic red wine.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Raiz de Guzman 2013 Roble Ribera del Duero
86 points
$20
Bright dark garnet black color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of sour cherry - lambic, butter cream, dried tobacco leaf, and red licorice with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Valdevinas 2004 "Tinar de Mirat" Crianza Ribera del Duero
86 points
$20
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of cherry clafoutis, tobacco, cedar and parchment, and lemon curd with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length finish with grippy, firm tannins and heavy oak.
Cantosan 2014 Vinas Viejas Verdejo
85 points
$11.99
Yellow color. Aromas of watermelon ice, spice cookie, and apple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant mint, nutshell, and citrus finish with crunchy, dusty tannins. An interesting, zesty, crunchy white wine that will be nice at the table.
85 points $11.99
El Lagar de Isilla 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
85 points
$12
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas of sour lambic cherry - kriek, cedar, tobacco leaf, and parchment with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, layered, breezy finish with grippy tannins and heavy oak.
Heredad de Penalosa 2013 Roble Tinto
85 points
$12
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, funky, earthy toasty aromas of cherry cobbler, cedar, tobacco, and parchment with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, intricate, rapid finish with woody, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
Somanilla 2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
85 points
$15
Bright medium deep purple color. Lively, spicy aromas of berry compote, chocolate salted caramel, and char-grilled pepper with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy cocoa dusted cranberries, potting soil, and grain husk finish with firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy Spanish red for the table.
Ferratus 2008  Tempranillo
85 points
$16
Bright medium violet color. Bright, attractive, fruity toasty aromas of coffee candy, pecan pie, and berry coulis with an oily, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, cheery blackberries, cedar, pickled beets, and earth finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory tempranillo for the table.
Protos 2013 Tinto Fino Ribera del Duero
85 points
$18.99
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of cherry jam, toffee, turned earth, and dried tobacco leaf with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Great nose.
85 points $18.99
Ardal 2012 "Crianza" Tempranillo - Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$37
Garnet color. Aromas of spiced berries, salty roasted nuts, and cedar with a silky, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy cocoa, roasted root vegetables, and bark finish with firm, gritty tannins and heavy oak. A firmly structured red that needs some time.
Traslagares 2014  Verdejo
84 points
$11
Bright clear medium straw green color. Delicate, creamy aromas of peach yogurt and lemon and herbs with an even, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk chalk and melon rind finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry quaffer.
Yllera 2014 Vendimia Nocturna Verdejo
84 points
$11.99
Bright clear yellow straw color. Delicate, interesting, earthy aromas of grilled orange and peach, spiced melon, and lanolin with a soft, tart, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, brisk nut oil, lemon verbena, and chalk finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A very dry, earthy white with bracing acidity.
84 points $11.99
Emina 2014  Verdejo
84 points
$12.99
Yellow color. Aromas of spiced apple and nuts and reduced lemon with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed dried pineapple and papaya, lime, and minerals finish with no oak. A pleasant, soft and dry white wine.
84 points $12.99
Heredad de Penalosa 2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
84 points
$16
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of dried berries and beeswax with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy marinated cherries and beets, nutshell, and earth finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A firmly structured red for the table.
Vina Magna 2010 Crianza Tempranillo
84 points
$17.99
Bright dark violet color. Delicate, fruity, smoky toasty aromas of creme brulee, black raspberry jam on nut toast, and charcoal with a lightly tannic, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, cheery mulberries, cedar bark, and chalk finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A highly structured red that needs time.
84 points $17.99
Pinna Fidelis 2006 Reserva Ribera del Duero
83 points
$16
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy funky aromas of baked cherry, wet dog fur, beech mushrooms, and turned earth with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, compelling, breezy finish with grippy, woody tannins and moderate oak.
Balbas 2012 "Crianza" Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$40
Garnet color. Aromas of cedar, blackberry pie, and peppery spice with a supple, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length berry yogurt and tree bark finish with woody, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A very firm oaky red.
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