By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we are trying a resampling a wine from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. It is a different vintage from the 2003 version I sampled before and enjoyed a great deal.
Original tasting and review , late December, 2013: This is Vina Mayor Ribera del Duero Reserva, Spain, 2004, finished at 14.% alcohol, and made from 100% tempranillo (or "tinto fino"). I am sampling it just shy of 10 years from vintage date.
In the glass: Deep clear magenta, turning opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows full, rich, deep, well-oaked black fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be bold and still fresh.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing a nice balance of old world oak, solid tannins and underlying dry but rich blackberry fruit. Light acids lift the dense sip into your cheeks for a clean, lingering finish.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with an easy plus for powerful balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Wine Spectator awarded a whopping 93 points and suggested enjoying up to 12 years from vintage date. Good value for an excellent, long-lived wine.
Updated review, another year and a half later, now 11 years from vintage date, April, 2015: Very consistent notes. The blackberry is still fresh and nicely drying, excellent blend of fruit and oak.
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