Friday, June 29, 2012

Updated Review: *** $$ Tinto Figuero Ribera del Duero 4 Meses, Spain, 2008

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By way of background: Ribera del Duero, Spain, along the course of the Duero River, is known for its production of Tinto Fino, a wine knownn more commonly as tempranillo.  Here we'll be trying a young Ribera del Duero from the town of La Horra. 

Initial review, May, 2011 : This is Tinto Figuero Ribera del Duero 4 Meses, Spain, 2008, aged four months in barrels and finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium deep in color with hint of magenta tone.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows helium balloon (that will blow away with air) overlaying fresh red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy and red in style.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite clean and fresh on the palate. It scrubs your cheeks with the fresh acids.  The scrub brushes are little red berries.  A little hint of dark creeps in on the second sip, from some apparent but not strong oak.  Some berry sweetness tries to stand up to the acids, but the acids win on the finish, keeping the sip playfully lodged in your cheeks, and crawling higher and higher as time moves on.

In summary: Overall, a light bodied, fairly simple red rating two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for a nicely balancing set of elements that bring it just above simple.

Following three-hour decant:   The freshness on the nose has given way to deeper, slightly tarry berries.  On the palate, the red berries move to the forefront, with the acids settling in behind.  The two interplay nicely, right on into the finish.  Move to a three-star experience.  Highly recommend the decant for Figuero Ribera.

And even longer decant, two days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  Both nose and palate have held quite consistent with the shorter decant. 

Updated review, over a year later, June, 2012:   Medium red, now showing more ruby and brick in the glass. Red berries also show some nice sandiness on the nose.  Very consistent palate, red berries with acid wash.  Well-balanced for this style. 

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