Archive for the ‘Ribera del Duero’ category

M2 de Matallana 2005

December 10, 2008

The M2 de Matallana is Telmo Rodriguez’s second Ribero del Duero wine. From a region where sheer physical weight seems to have become the final goal for many winemakers, M2 de Matallana offers a welcome variation. Although this deep purple coloured wine has still seen 50% new French barriques for 14 months, it effortless combines power with elegance. The nose offers intense aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant, spice, leather, tobacco and smoky minerality, following through to a medium to full-bodied palate with subtle fruit, smooth tannins and ample acidity. This wine shows refinement, balance and complexity, and regarding its quality and friendly price I would put some aside to drink over the next 7-8 years or so. 92 points

Source: The Spanish Acquisition  Price: $75  Drink: Now-2015+

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Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2005

December 9, 2008

The popularity of Spanish wines is unstoppable with an ever growing number on offer in both retail and restaurants. Rediscovered varieties from exciting terroirs such as in Priorato, Montsant and Bierzo are currently leading the way, seemingly undergoing the same revolution as Ribero del Duero with new projects mushrooming everywhere. The latter is nearing Rioja’s reputation as the country’s leading Tempranillo producer, its wines marked by incredible concentration, firm tannins and mineral acidity. The rule that these characteristics are magnified in the most prestigious wines can be safely applied as far as Ribero concerns, and Torresilo is no exception. This wine has a near impenetrable deep purple colour and shows a complex nose on which aromas reminiscent of fragrant redcurrant and black cherry are amalgamated with spice, tobacco, licorice and earth. The palate is nothing but big and bold with sweet and concentrated fruit, powerful tannins and fresh acidity nicely balanced. The purity of the fruit in this blockbuster is instantly appealing and seductive, and although this wine is apparently build to age, I would only give it a couple of years to further flesh out and drink it within the next six years or so. 93 points

Source: The Spanish Acquisition  Price: $125  Drink: Now-2015

Other vintages: 2000

Web: www.cillardesilos.es

Bodegas Tabula “Damana” 2004

September 1, 2008

Nothing is better than a good independent liquor store but my local Vintage Cellars comes in admittedly handy for last minute purchases. Even more so now the range of imported wines has grown significantly over the last couple of months. For some good everyday drinking wines it’s alright to stay around the $20, for the real interesting stuff you’ve got to be prepared to spend at least $10 more. Most of the time, as you may expect at this price, the leap in quality is worth the money as demonstrated by this smart Crianza from the most western part of Ribera del Duero. Deep purple in the glass this wine offers a mix of cherries, little berry fruit, dried herbs, violets, vanilla and moccha on the nose following through to a tightly knit palate where fresh acidity and compact, grainy tannins lead to a very well balanced finish. This is seriously good, solid and modern style Tempranillo at an attractive price. 89 points

Source: Vintage Cellars  Price: $35  Drink: now-2015

Web: www.bodegastabula.es

Cillar de Silos Joven 2006

July 25, 2007

Looking for a clear aroma and flavour profile in Tempranillo can be literally fruitless. This is even harder when the fruit is masked by oak although a lot of Joven wines also tend to be dominated by earthy and leathery characters. The Cillar de Silos Joven 2006 is a completely different wine in which fruit plays the starring role. Fragrant cherries, plums and blackcurrants leap out of the glass while liquorice and earthy nuances play a more supporting role. This clear defined fruit is found back on the palate that is round and supple with grainy tannins while a lively mineral acidity keeps everything fresh and balanced. The long, concentrated and satisfying finish  shows that this modestly priced wine really has a lot to offer. 89 points.

Source: The Spanish Aquisition  Price: $29  Drink: Now

Web: www.cillardesilos.com

Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2000

March 13, 2007

img_2526.JPGTempranillo is grown in many Spanish wine regions but it’s in Rioja and Ribera del Duero where this variety shows its real potential. There are stylistic differences between the wines from each region though, due to soil types, vineyard exposition but foremost wine making and climate. The latter is hotter in Ribera del Duero than in Rioja resulting in rather chunky wines. Very low yields, new oak and much extraction are the oenological answers in a region where wine making is not so limited by tradition as in Rioja. And this is exactly what Cillar de Silos does with its ‘new-wave’ Torresilo: the fruit is sourced from extremely low-yielding old vines and the wine is matured in 100% new French oak for 18 months. This results in a dense, concentrated and powerful yet elegant wine. The intense nose displays dark cherries, plums, spice and more earthy and dusty aromas. The palate is very, very smooth with the fruit, acid and fine grainy tannins perfectly integrated. The finish is long and seems to go on forever. What a cracker! 93 points.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $110 Drink: Now-2012

Web: www.cillardesilos.es

Valderiz 2001

February 28, 2007

img_2509.JPGRibera del Duero is hot. The number of first rate bodegas in the fastest growing Spanish wine region has increased dramatically since the creation of the DO in 1982 and the investment in vineyards and wineries has resulted in modern and high quality wines. Tomas Esteban Cristóbal is one of the growers that saw the great potential of the region. In the early eighties he planted vineyards with Tinto Fino in three different zones around Roa, all with very different soil properties. Telmo Rodriguez and fellow-winemaker Pablo Eguzkiza, operating under the name Compañia de Vinos de Telmo Rodriguez, added Ribero to their portfolio on the hunt for new terroirs. Esteban’s low-yielding old-vine grapes and Rodriguez’ oenological expertise are the main ingredients for the Valderiz. The wine is completely made from Tinto Fino from different vineyards, allowing the terroirs to express their characters into the wine. Aged in oak for 18 months this Crianza shows us it’s also Ribera’s climate that is hot. With 14% alcohol this full-bodied wine fully reflects the region’s warm and dry summers. The nose shows the typical earthy and gamey flavours, backed by dark plum, coffee and tobacco. The wine is full, complex and long with beautiful integrated soft and grainy tannins on the finish. Concentrated yet balanced and elegant, this wine can go for another 5 years. 92 points.

Source:The Spanish Acquisition Price: $64 Drink: Now-2012