100% Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero, Spain.
Available for around $18. Imported by The Enye Group. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Grape Variety: 100% Tempranillo
Aging: 5 months in French-oak barrels
Bottled without cold setting.
As a fan of big, dry, serious red wines Ribera Del Duero in Spain is one of my favorite spots. Whenever I get a chance to try wines from this are, I jump at it and I have yet to be disappointed. You may remember our article on this area from a few weeks ago, Reveling in the Wine of Ribera Del Duero Plus 3 Top Value Picks From This Region where we covered a trio of fantastic under $20 wines. Today we've got another great one for you.
The 2011 Bodegas Cuevas Jimenez Ferratus A0 begins with aromas of ripe fruit, plums, spice, violets, a little smoked meat and vanilla. A simply wonderful and complex bouquet. The wine tastes wonderful as well, with lots of rich fruit and a nice dry, chalky mouthfeel. This tastes like a much older wine to me -- it's hard to believe it is a 2011 vintage. Like most wines from Ribera Del Duero, one sip tells you that it is a serious wine, but it's also quite fun to drink with lots of different layers that you discover as you drink it. It ends nice and dry with good length. This one may be a bit hard to find, but I heartily recommend seeking it out!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.