Thursday, March 29, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $ Emilio Moro Finca Resalso Ribera Del Duero, Spain, 2007 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Emilio Moro Finca Resalso Ribera Del Duero, Spain, is 100% tempranillo from vines between five and fifteen years old. The 2007 vintage is finished in French oak for four months at 14.5% alcohol.

Original Tasting and Review, February, 2010:

In the glass: Resalso Ribera Del Duero shows as deep magenta red in the glass, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this tempranillo (also called "tinto fino" locally) provides a modest, solid, deep, muddy dark fruit nose of spaghetti sauce and blackberries. 

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a sweet, aromatic, violet ripe blackberry, filling your center palate.  That then brings forth blueberry pie and bright acid highlights reaching to the roof of your mouth.  

And the wrap-up: The finish is defined by the lighter acids joining with some solid tannins to tuck into your cheeks.  

In summary: Overall, bold and bright experience, with some layers and depth. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its layers.  Best value.

Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate awarded 90 points, saying, "The 2007 Finca Resalso was sourced from younger vines and aged in French oak for four months. Dark ruby-colored, it emits an enticing perfume of mineral, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it reveals an elegant personality, savory, spicy flavors, good depth, and a fruit-filled finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next four years."

Following a five-day decant under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  the nose has migrated to a slightly simpler, fruit and prune driven base of aromas.  The solid, sweet and spicy palate elements remain firmly intact. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: The nose is more flamboyant, with bright sweet tones.  Palate consistent, light, harmonious.

Updated review, over two years later,   March, 2012:  Still deep magenta color.  The nose is bright and sweet of red berries.  Light-bodied blueberry pie remains on the palate.  Violets still lift the bright finish.  Held up exceedingly well. Remains a best value too. Following long decant, three days kept cool in partially filled bottle: Deeper, full red berry nose.  Palate is thinning out a bit - best to drink fresher.

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