$100, 3 stars, 91 points, Ribera del duero, spain, tempranillo
Deep ruby with purple accents and high viscosity (15% ABV). The nose has aromas of charred oak, vanilla, toast, blackberry reduction, cassis, bramble and a dusty earth component with some baking spices thrown in for good measure. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium (+) tannins that are plush and fine-grained. I can confirm the oak and dark fruit flavors echo the nose but there is also a licorice tinge. The wine is full bodied and the high alcohol is very well hidden, buyer beware. The finish is a dry affair with charred oak notes and some ripe blackberry coulis that is medium in length. I love this style of Tempranillo, list price is rather steep though- $100. I gave it 91 points and 3 stars for the QPR. Drink till 2030 with grilled Filet and a bleu cheese sauce. Salut….