Balbás Reserva 2005, Do Ribera Del Duero

Red Blend Red Blend
Ribera Del Duero, Spain

$22.95 (85183)

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March 31, 2018

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

According to colleague Michael Vaughan, who tracks such detail, this is the 7th release of this 2005 vintage from...

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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 (5)

Ghislain Lalonde
Ghislain Lalonde
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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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