|Thank you Tim Atkin|
Amazing tasting of Ribera del Duero, mostly tempranillo. 100 wines selected by Tim Atkin MW from over 500 he tasted in recent months. The level of quality was extremely high, both for celebrated (and expensive) bottles as well as for many not so expensive gems.
This is a partial list of the bottles that impressed me the most.
98% tempranillo, 2% albillo
Exceptionally intense in the nose, perfect balance and very long.
RRP 138 euro, Score 98
100% tempranillo. Intriguing violet color in the glass, intenso nose and powerful palate, slight feel of alcohol I think this wine is mature now.
RRP 240 euro, Score 92
Amazingly powerful fruit, perfect balance and impressive length. A harmonious wine.
RRP 200 euro, score 98
Four amazing wines from this producer, hard to choose, scores 97 to 99.
In my view these wines are close to perfection: all display intensity, balance, complexity and length. They are all harmonious products which are ready now but could age another few years, though I am not sure they could improve further. Here they are:
La Roza 2016, RRP 2230 euro
LLanos del Almendro 2016, RRP 115 euro
Valdegatilles 2016, RRP 116 euro
La Mala 2016, perhaps the best of all four, RRP 116
Another exceptionally balanced product.
RRP 120 euro, score 98
A velvety wine with a strong personality, it is repetitive but today here is another perfectly balanced and complex wine, long, harmonious.
RRP 240 euro, score 98
7. Vega Sicilia, Unico reserva especial NV (released in 2022)
tempranillo 95%, cabernet sauvignon 5%
The perfect wine, it's got everything, do not miss it if you can find a bottle and can afford it. Words are missing to describe the multitude of sensations and pleasure that come out of this bottle.
RRP 350, Score 100
Only one very small step lower is the Unico 2012, RRP 300 euro, score 98.