Thursday, May 29, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2011 Bodega Virgin de las Vinas Ribera del Duero Tierra Aranda

My search for a wonderful Ribera del Duero wine in my "Everyday Wine" category - under $20 continues.  I found this one at my local Total Wine shop - and had not seen it before (but then again I'm not that observant sometime).

Wine: 2011 Bodega Virgin de las Vinas Ribera del Duero Tierra Aranda
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo
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: The wine is clear, deep purple in color with a red colored rim.
Aroma: Lots of dark fruit like blackberries, spices.
Taste: Good fruit, nicely balanced with acidity and a hint of tannins. A very pleasant and long lasting finish. Would be great with some Spanish cheese right now!

The Grade: I give this one a B+. Overall a solid effort, just not packing the punch and complexity I look for in a Ribera del Duero. It may be tough to find that punch under $20 - but I will not give up!!!

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