Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines – 2011
#23 IS BACK..
Along with some other Top 100
Spanish Wines to check out.
Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel
Ribera del Duero Crianza Selected Harvest 2004
This maturing red is beautifully balanced, with fresh, ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry, and deeper notes of cedar, tobacco, mineral and spice. The firm tannins are softening, yet this remains fresh and focused through the long finish. 100% Tempranillo. Drink now through 2015. 5,000 cases made.
#26 Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2011
Descendientes de Jose Palacios
“Petalos del Bierzo” Bierzo
Made with 100% Mencia include the entry-level 2009 Petalos del Bierzo sourced mainly from leased vineyards with vine age ranging from 40-90 years. It was aged for a few weeks in new French barriques followed by 6-10 months in seasoned barrels. It shows lovely density and purity in an up-front style. Dark black cherries, violets, and Asian spices perch on a medium-bodied frame with well integrated oak and an elegant personality. With excellent volume and length, it is a classy introduction to what can be achieved in the DO of Bierzo.
2008 Dinastia Vivanco Crianza
Made from 100% Tempranillo and aged for 16 months in French and American oak.The bouquet consists of mature red berries, with hints of smoke, vanilla, and spice. Well-structured in the mouth, this Crianza is expressive and meaty and possesses a good balance of red fruit and toasted flavors. The tannins are mature and lead to an elegant, long finish. While this wine can be enjoyed now, it will also keep for 5-10 years.