Ribera Del Duero, Spain 100% Tempranillo
$8 at Renton, WA (purchased 2/10/14)
Dark garnet in color with a hint of purple. Anise, leather, and red berry on the nose. Nice mouth feel with fruit of plum and raspberry framed in the anise and leather with a touch of vanilla oak. Very integrated structure with balanced acid and tannins that sit in the background. I got a little olive in the lingering finish. This wine is drinking right on the mark for it’s age. I really enjoyed this and give it a thumbs up and will buy a few more.
I did a little research the next day and it seems this sold in the $20+ range. Interesting I found a description that said “for lovers of big and tannic wines, will age for 7-10 years”. As I said, time has been really good to this wine as the big and tannic have become mellow and integrated. It was finished in American and French Oak for twelve months, and again the oak was in the background for me. Crianza for Spanish wines is a designation of barrel age of one year. Reserva and Gran Reserva designations have more barrel and bottle age. Worth a try.