Wednesday, June 5, 2013

2011 Ferratus A0 Ribera del Duero

Tonight is a fun virtual tasting at which is something that I always enjoy.  For tonight's tasting, we are focused on the Ribera del Duero wines of Spain and I am set to taste four different wines: 2009 Malleolus Ribera del Duero, 2011 Ferratus A0 Ribera del Duero, 2008 Matarromera Crianza Ribera del Duero and the 2012 Monte Castrillo Ribera del Duero Rosado.  Now considering that I am traveling right now, I won't be able to taste all four wines during the virtual tasting, so instead I will focus on the first two wines tonight, and then taste the last two this weekend.  So stay tuned for the rest of my tasting notes!

For the 2011 Malleolus Ribera del Duero, the wine is 100% Tempranillo that is a nice deep purple color in the glass.  The nose is somewhat fruity, with notes of blackberry and plum, balanced with some mint notes, and rich vanilla and tobacco aromas. The taste is really nice, with some bright fruit notes up front that transition to some wonderful green herbs, that transition to some vanilla and mint notes on the finish.  The tannins are well developed, leading to a very nice, long dry finish that make this a very nice food wine.

Overall, I would rate this one a solid 8, it's a very nice food wine, and a pretty decent value at around $20.  To me, this wine would be the absolute perfect wine to pair with a variety of lamb dishes, as the mint and herb notes would go well with the rustic flavors of lamb!  A nice food wine with a lot of great structure, cheers!

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