Balbas Reserva 2005, Doc Ribera Del Duero

Red Blend Red Blend
Ribera Del Duero, Spain

$21.95 (85183)

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May 27, 2017

Critic Reviews (3)

Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

A rich, savory, inviting and warming tempranillo offering substantial alcohol and unsurprisingly forceful oak....

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This has an intense nose with considerable oak resin, burning leaves, vanilla and ripe cherry. Rather nutty as well. ...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A savoury, resinous, woody, cedar, coffee liqueur and redwood smoke-tinged wine, starting to dry out, with the...

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Community Reviews (3)

Ghislain Lalonde
Ghislain Lalonde

FBS, 05-26-2017, DL90, Sd'A90, WC4.5

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Neil Phillips
Neil Phillips

Medium+ in intensity, this Ribera del Duero has seen a fair bit of oak. Aromas of clove, nutmeg, vanilla, cedar...and then black fruits, red fruit jam. Slight meaty notes.

On the palate, same black fruits with added tart cherry, cranberry and herbaceous notes.

I found this a good wine, but was hoping for more complexity. I think perhaps a tad too much oak - or just a bit past its ideal drinking window.

Tasted October 2016.

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