Exemplary Ribera del Duero, given that ’02 was not a great year. This wine, however, pours on the richness fans of this region are looking for. The palate is lush and ripe, with deep plum and blackberry flavors supported by mocha and earth shadings. Offers a little bit of everything.
Starts out crusty and dark, with earth, leather and other savory aromas. The palate is clacky and tannic, with roasted berry, leather and slightly burnt and bitter oak accents. Finishes peppery, with drying hardness and a pinch of leafy herbalness.
Big and full, but not over the top and definitely not modern or overoaked. The bouquet shows leather, brett, fine-grained wood and subtle dark-fruit aromas. The palate is texturally smooth, with mushroom and cola flavors accenting primary blackberry and plum. Ripe, ready and interesting. Good into 2011.
If a roasted, fully oaked nose is not your thing, then this is not your wine. But if some barrel-busting char, toast and mocha is fine by you, then this youthful, rambunctious wine will do the trick. It’s got power and pedigree but the heat of the vintage resulted in a softness that encourages near-term drinking. Best prior to 2009.
After an aromatic opening that includes wet leather, rubber and brine, this wine finds its stride, and while it’s firmly tannic, the flavors of dark fruits, tomato, herbs, tobacco and cured meats do the trick. It gets better the longer it sits; drink now but give it as much air as possible.
Kind of a downer given past performances of this label and the high quality of the ’05 harvest. Seems overly roasted and earthy, with rubbery, drawn aromas that don’t seem fully fresh. The palate is heavy, with cooked, leathery flavors of berry and fig. Finishes in similar fashion, with dull bitter flavors and leather.