Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: ***+ $$ Valtostao Legon Red Roble, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2007 - GOOD VALUE

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Original Tasting and Review, March, 2010.

By way of background: Valtostao "Legon" Red Roble Wine from Ribera del Duero, Spain, is a 100% tempranillo wine that was aged for six months in American oak before bottling. The 2007 vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Legon shows as deep ruby red in the glass.

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Ribera del Duero shows a big cherry candy nose with rubber balloon and charcoal dust front-notes.  

On the palate: The first element on the palate is rich, full, front-of-mouth ripe cherry dusted with tannin coating.  A candy apple red brings some fruity acids to the top of your mouth, following with red currants and light blackberry.

And the wrap-up: The finish is sweet fruit acid and moderately lengthy.  Not cloying.

In summary: Overall, rich, bright experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Decant or age likely to knit it better together.

Jay Miller of Wine Advocate liked it, giving 90 points, saying, "It offers up an enticing bouquet of cedar, spice box, earth notes, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a smooth-textured, ripe, juicy wine with loads of fruit, an easy-going personality, and a seamless finish. It is a fine introduction to Tempranillo and the DO of Ribera del Duero."

Updated review, a year and a half later, September, 2011:  Seems even darker magenta in the glass, with purple highlights.  Soft red cherry fruit on the nose.  Still some candy.  Silty tannins still carry a soft red cherry fruit along for a full palate experience coupled with a modestly lengthy and clean finish.  A hint of bitters on the finish. Gains an additional plus for character which emerged with age.  Good value. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  On the nose, moves almost over-the-top with broccoli and vegetative elements.  Palate brings back some fruit, but seems tired. With this four-year-old wine, recommend no decanting. 

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