I’ve been liking these 2006 wines from Ribera del Duero, I think this is the last for the moment. A couple of bucks cheaper that Pesquera, but every bit as enjoyable. Do decant for at least an hour, it needs a bit of time. I hear all this talk of 2006 being a poor vintage, it’s not 2004, but it’s not 2002 either. Every 2006 I’ve had so far has been tasty and the tannin/acid balance that makes these wines great with meat like lamb and pork..
Things are a bit slow on the site at the moment, It would seem that attempting to finish a Master degree, doing home renovations and trying to hold down a job are not conductive to posting. But I have been firing off a few emails to see whats happening with the 2009 harvest all over Spain, and I thought I’d put up a few tid bits for those who are interested. So far, most of the news is from Rioja, but a bit extra from all over the place as well. Things are looking fairly good so far, the harvest has finished for many of the whites in the south of Spain, with reds starting to come in, while up north things are starting up shortly. I’ll add more as they come in.
A project by brothers Jacques and Francois Lurton in Rueda. They came to town looking to make outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and decided to stick to Verdejo. They seem a little obsessed with the place actually. They even make a sweet wine from verdejo called ‘de Puta Madre’. Which would be quite rude if you’re from South America. Only a Frenchman could call a wine “fuck that’s good” and get away with it…
I thought I’d put this one to the top of the pile, its a popular wine and its one of my favourites year in and year out. The 2004 Reserva should also be around by now too, I’ll have to see if I can get hold of some. I am still a bit iffy on this concept that tempranillo from Ribera del Duero goes through some kind of oxidative phase that looks like brett after, bottling, shipping and about 10 years in bottle, but I can’t see anything like brett here…and the two bottles of the 2004 that I’ve had in the past 6 months have been fine too…weird.