This value-priced Ribera is a winner. It opens with bright fruit, cedar and vanilla aromas. The palate feels firm and tannic, but not hard or mean. Flavors of black fruits, coffee and cola include chocolate and dry spice, while the finish is proper in feel and the slightest bit herbal in flavor.
Fresh, spicy cherry aromas are nice and clean. The palate is racy and staunch, with good acidity and tasty plum and berry flavors. Solid and medium-long on the finish, with a touch of minty herb flavor. Juicy and moderately oaky for a $10 value wine.