Spanish Tempranillo with a French connection, the Dominio Del Soto Ribera del Duero from M Chapoutier.
Sample submitted for review. The wine has an SRP of $30 and is available for as low as $17. It is imported by Sera Wine.
Spanish wines have always been a favourite of Michel Chapoutier. It was therefore of no surprise that the company should look for a domain there. At the heart of the Douro Valley, Dominio Del Soto is one of the rare Spanish crops derived from organic farming methods applying ancestral practices. Mathilde Chapoutier firmly believes in the potential of this terroir and encouraged the wine company to invest in the vineyard. A few years on, and M. CHAPOUTIER has applied the necessary know-how, creating highly concentrated, well-rounded, fruity wines. The domain is currently being converted to biodynamic practices.
We're big fans of many of the wines from M Chapoutier (like the Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge, M. Chapoutier La Ciboise Costieres de Nimes Rouge and Domaine de Bila-Haut L'Esquerda Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages) so we were quite excited to try this one from their domain in Spain a try.
The 2016 Dominio Del Soto Ribera del Duero begins with a very pleasing aroma full of licorice and black cherry along with touches of savory spice, vanilla and more.
This one needs some time to open up but then this is pretty nice. And really it just keeps getting better and better as it has more air so give it plenty!
Featuring a smooth, silky mouthfeel and similar flavors to the nose, it has a good amount of oaky spice leading into the dry, long and chewy finish. This is a really nice example of Ribera del Duero although it's probably still a bit young at this point.
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