Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Finca Villacreces Pruno, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Finca Villacreces Pruno, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2012, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled a mere two years from vintage date, in July, 2014.  This is a blend of 90% tinto fino and 10% cabernet.

In the glass: Deep, bloody, black magenta, opaque from a quarter inch in.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows vigorous, brooding, black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be - bam!  And plenty fruity in its power.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mouth filling with inky blue tannins and an acid core that pulls the ink around your cheeks and tongue.  Red-toned robust fruit defines "teeth staining".  I'd describe the finish if I thought the sip would ever get to a finish.  The red/black/acid/tannins grip my teeth like a fur coat attached with epoxy.  Quite an experience.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for power on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  This will enjoy decanting and/or age for sure.  Good value.  Robert Parker gave this vintage 93 points.

Following three hour decant:  opens up with pine scents, easy-going tannins and a fresh red fruit styling.  Yummy.

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