Ardal Crianza 2005, Do Ribera Del Duero

Red Blend Red Blend
Ribera Del Duero, Spain

$18.95 (167601)

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89 pts
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June 27, 2015

Critic Reviews (2)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This is a surprisingly youthful 2005, but there is some leather and coconut from long ageing in barrel. It's quite...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A heavily toasted-woody, traditional style Spanish red with savoury, juicy acids and fine complexity for the money....

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Community Reviews (6)

Allan Miller
Allan Miller

Tremendous value - seems to pair with everything while also being fantastic on its own. At $16.95, Buy it by the case if you can find it.

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Brad Mate
Brad Mate

This wine has a real ripeness to it, Port qualities come to mind. It retains its Spanish roots with its slightly rustic woodsy notes. Finishes ripe, but dry and structure. Incredible value!

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Dan Trcka
Dan Trcka

The Bodegas Balbás Ardal Crianza 2005 was now released for the 3rd time (June26/10, June09/12 and now Feb16/13), I purchased it back in 2010 and kept a case in my cellar. I’ve been watching its evolution and would say that it is drying up and currently fairs 89-90 pts – none the less, still a recommended buy. Tasted July/10 to Jan/13.
Here are my previous ratings.
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I organized a Spanish wine tasting and since most of the wines were unknown to me, I needed one that I knew I could count on - and the one being Ardal Crianza 2005. I have rated it previously, so I will only mention that this time, the dark berries were blackberry and blueberry, my impression was BEAUTIFUL to DIVINE and it received one more point, totaling 92. Also, I decided to purchase several bottles and add it to my collection. Tasted in Sept/10 during Spanish wine tasting. This was the second most liked wine out of the lineup.
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This medium bodied 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon blend has intense aromas of integrated to aged dark berries, cedar, leather, vanilla and coconut. The tannins are refined to tannic (decant for at least 30 min) and the finish is long and silky. It can still be kept for the next two or so years, but is best to drink now. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts - a recommended buy. Tasted July/10.

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carlost
carlost

Very nice wine, good value here
Tasted Aug. 2015

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urotsukidoji
urotsukidoji

very good

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