Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2010 Bodega la Milagrosa Ribera del Duero Senorio del Tallar Vendimia Seleccionada

Ribera del Duero in Spain is home to Tempranillo wines that tend to be bigger and bolder (and more expensive) than Tempranillo wines from Rioja. Today's wine is from Ribera del Duero, AND under $20 - a potential great bargain for this type of wine!

Wine: 2010 Bodega la Milagrosa Ribera del Duero Senorio del Tallar Vendimia Seleccionada
Region: South Australia
Grape Varieties: Shiraz (Syrah)
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $18.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, dark purple at the center/core with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: A bit of dark fruit like blackberries, but very much pronounced oak and cedar.
Taste: Some fruit but fairly harsh tannins on the finish, tastes out of balance.

The Grade: I give this one a C (possible cork taint).  I did a bit of research on other tasting notes for this wine because I was surprised at the unpleasant aroma and disappointing taste of this wine. From this tasting I would give it a C or worse, but other reviews have had a quite different experience, leading me to believe this bottle may have suffered from some cork taint. The oak/cedar smell may have turned to wet cardboard if the cork taint was worse.  Bummer, a good sub-$20 Ribera del Duero would be a great find... not sure if I'll try another bottle in the future or not.

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