Well, it's the first of August and it's Saturday, so that could only mean one thing, it's Cellar Saturday! That wonderful time I raid the cellar to find something interesting to drink. Tonight, after a hard day of yard work I've decided to open a bottle of 2005 Recoletas Reserva Ribera del Duero, a lovely Spanish Tempranillo I recently bought from Wines Till Sold Out. Now keep in mind for this wine, I did not decant it, but it does open up nicely within an our or two of the first pour.
The wine is a beautiful deep garnet in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose is a lovely combination of blackberry jam, leather, dark chocolate and dried flowers. The taste is a dramatic departure from your expectations on the nose, rather than a jammy fruit bomb, you are treated with some lovely cherry cola and dark chocolate notes at the outset that transition effortlessly to some coarse mineral notes midpalate. The tannins are perfectly balanced on the finish, which reprises some of those fruit expectation with hints of strawberry jam on the long, lush and very dry finish.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's drinking quite nicely and was an exceptional value at just $16! Tonight I am pairing this wine with a classic bone-in Angus ribeye topped with grilled leeks, baked potato and some steamed green beans. The balance of fruit and acidity in this wine make it ideal paired with a bold red meat dish, but it would also be nice with small plates and cheeses. Cheers!