Comes on solid and strong with smoky aromas of black fruit, coconut and shoe polish. Stout and layered in the mouth, with full tannins and a nice mix of bold berry flavors, tobacco, herbs, spice and lemony oak. Tastes similar on the finish, with tobacco and spice lasting the longest. Complex and healthy; drink now through 2018.
Smells mature and slightly baked, with granular, sweet, raisiny core aromas. The palate is full in size and smooth in feel, with ripe berry flavors fading to raisin and prune on the back palate and finish. Chunky, flavorful and ready to drink now.
Slightly cooked-smelling on first take, with hints of stem and rubber. It improves over time, showing earthy berry fruits and leather. The palate is pretty good and lively, with earthy, herbal flavors of berry, tea and spice. A little stewy and herbal, but still a good Ribera wine.