Ribera del Duero DO, Spain;14% ABV
the 2009 was 100% Tempranillo
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 1 April
This wine came in beautiful packaging, and I had very much enjoyed the Viña Arnaiz 2009 Crianza from Ribera del Duero, so this was an immediate buy. I think it’s very good.
I preferred it after 2.5 – 3 hours in a decanter. The soft and ripe fruit tastes of dark red / purple cherry, slightly funky, leathery / earthy wood, with complexities of licorice, purple grape, boysenberry, and nutmeg / cinnamon, and acid of black and red raspberry, finishing with felt-like tannins, It shared the soft red / purple fruit and woody complexity with the Vina Arñaiz, but was more rich and complex.
The next day, the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle was still richly fruity and woody / earthy, more integrated and less overtly complex. Still delicious.