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Finca el Encinal Ribera del Duero Roble 2016

First post for the new year!  I’ve been tasting a battery of different styles in preparation for the Master of Wine exams, and will now up the posting.  This is a sound tempranillo from producer Bodegas Valparaiso and the Ribera del Duero appellation.  Deeply coloured in the glass, its aroma is restrained and savoury, reminding…Continue readingFinca el Encinal Ribera del Duero Roble 2016

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An outstanding Spanish wine tasting – part 2 (Ribera del Duero)

Ribera del Duero is perhaps best known for being the home of Vega Sicilia, Spain’s first growth equivalent.  South of Rioja, and on the river Duero, it has for a couple of decades challenged Rioja as Spain’s leading red wine producing region.  It sits between 700 to 850 metres above sea level, with a short…Continue readingAn outstanding Spanish wine tasting – part 2 (Ribera del Duero)

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Balbas Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2010

Next stop, we venture overseas to Spain in the Ribera del Duero.  The region’s principal grape variety is tempranillo, which usually expresses itself in a more powerful guise than Rioja to the north.  This particular wine from Balbas is a blend of 90% tempranillo and 10% cabernet.  Built to last, it sees 18 months in…Continue readingBalbas Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2010

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Bodegas Callejo Flores de Callejo Ribera del Duero 2010

100% tempranillo, Bodega Callejo’s Flores de Callejo is an entry level Ribera del Duero offering.  It presents as a sort of warmer climate version of a Rioja red.  The wine is a bright purple with medium to deep intensity of expression in the glass and opens to aromatics of cedar, blackberry and anise.  Some quite…Continue readingBodegas Callejo Flores de Callejo Ribera del Duero 2010