Balbas Reserva 2004

bilbas-reserva-2004The big daddy from Balbas. Reservas from Ribera del Duero are one of my favourites wines to drink, old or young. The juicy fruit with plenty of complexity is super satisfying. This is along similar lines to the crianza, perhaps a little more traditional in its focus. The vintage shows through here: big flavours, big tannins and lots of potential in the cellar.

Again there is 10% Cabernet in this, and it shows. There is a green, herby capsicum note in there that blends in the with the stoney cherry fruit. Fragrant and very fresh smelling, with a bit of varnish, vanilla and spice. The palate on the other hand is initially smooth and gentle but hidden in there are deep, powerful flavours and bold tannins with some cutting acid. All the ingredients for long aging, but don’t be afraid to drink it now, its very approachable now. Substance and style. 93+ Pts.

Source: Ce Soir Imports Price: $65 Closure: Conventional Cork