Yesterday was time for another Snooth.com virtual tasting, how I love those and have missed them as it seems like it's been six months or so since the last one I participated in. The subject of the tasting was the wines of the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, which is perfect since I really am a big fan of the nice wines coming out of Spain at very reasonable prices. Tonight's wine is just such an example, made with a blend of Tempranillo (90%) and Merlot (10%) aged in French and American oak over a little more than a year before bottling.
The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, bright and clear. The nose is very earthy, with a burst of green grass, fresh herbs and oak overlaid with a hint of tar. The taste is really nice and easy drinking, making it a great wine to pair with a variety of dishes. The taste is not as fruit forward as many other examples I've seen, just a hint of blueberry and blackberry at the outset quickly gives way to floral and herb notes. The tannins are somewhat green, but still providing a great foundation for a long, smooth dry finish.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's drinking well now, but I think it will improve with a little time in the cellar, and it was a terrific bargain for only $15! At the virtual tasting I enjoyed this wine with some hummus, olives and a bit of feta cheese, but it would be great with a variety of dishes, particularly some nicely spiced Mediterranean dishes, or simple tapas as I had. Cheers and a big thank you to Snooth for providing another great and informative virtual tasting!