Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2011 Bodegas Surco Ribera del Duero Quintana de Cue Crianza

My enamored feelings about the Total Wine & More store I frequent is beginning to wane.  At first it was the Disneyland of wine stores... row after row of wine, wine, wine (oh and some spirits and beer as well). But after shopping there for years now, I begin to see the variety does not change frequently.  Adding to my displeasure is the fact that the aisle of Spanish wine is slowly shrinking, with Rosés from around the world now encroaching on at least 25% on my favorite wine country...  However, during my last trip I did see a new Ribero del Duero at $20... so I had to give it a try! 
Wine: 2011 Bodegas Surco Ribera del Duero Quintana de Cue Crianza
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $20
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, Dark Red.
Aroma: Cherries, spice, oak.
Taste: Medium bodied,with Nice fruit, a good amount of acidity, and mellow tannins.

The Grade: I give this one a B.  If you remember this is a Crianza level wine, not one of the bigger bolder Reservas or Gran Reservas of the Ribero del duero world, then you will be pleased.  A pleasant wine overall, a little more complexity would have been nice, especially from a 2011 vintage, which was a nice warm year in Spain - and should have produced bigger, riper wines.  Cheers!

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