Wine region / Country
Milú 2018 (2 bottles)
Resalte Vendimia Seleccionada 2016 (2 bottles)
Trus Roble 2018 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: 61.59 €
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This month's selection of three wines seem like they are destined to answer the question and demonstrate that the true aromas of Ribera del Duero differ from the ones that became so popular and dominate our image of this region. Fresh fruit is the star in all three of our selection, while wood stays in the background. Fluid wines with tannins mainly coming from the grapes, and a scent of soil and flowers; wines which fill the mouth and effortlessly seduce the palate. Are the more famous ripe and wooden aromas really the aromas of Ribera, or are these fresh flavours the true ones? Which kind of wine would elderly locals recognize as being their wine? The answer, or answers, lie in the glass and taste buds of everyone who tries these wines but what is definitely clear is that there is another side to Ribera wines waiting for you.
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Young red Crianza. Quinta Milú Ribera del Duero, Spain Tempranillo
Bottle: 8.06 € club members / 9.50 € non-members
The winery defines the wine as 100% fermented grape juice using artisanal methods. Its Tempranillo grapes are grown at 900 metres above sea level in chalky-clay soils in the town of La Aguilera in Burgos. The 50-year-old vines are bush-trained and not irrigated so as to obtain a much more concentrated fruit. Grapes are hand-collected on different days to ensure each grape is perfectly ripe. The wine is aged in used wood barrels which are often very large. Local yeasts and a minimal addition of sulphites just before bottling, also help to understand how the non-intervention process produces a wine which is truly special.
It has a sharp and honest nose, with aromas of cherry and undergrowth. Characterful in the mouth, it combines a virtually wild acidity with abundant and mature tannins. The ever-present fruit reminds us of the crispy grape skins and feel of the soil. Violets and subtle vegetal hints embellish the red fruit aromas captured at their peak ripeness. All this, topped off with a saline and flavoursome finish. It may be the most modest wine from this winery, but it's marking the way for any others who aim to express a clear image of the different Ribera terroirs.
Vegetable salads / Iberian pork secreto / cold meats
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Red Crianza. Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Ribera del Duero, Spain Tempranillo
Bottle: 10.02 € club members / 11.80 € non-members
It is always made with grapes from the same plots, choosing the most subtle and fresh ones from the winery's vineyards. This splendid fruit brings silky tannins and floral aromas to the wine as the label itself testifies. At altitudes of 1,000 metres, the highest in the Ribera appellation, the chalky soil and significant temperature differences between day and night on the moorlands of Manzanillo, Fompedraza, and Torre de Peñafiel are to thank for the irresistible aromas of the Vendimia Seleccionada.
The winery uses a gravity-fed process and the must is fermented at low temperatures to achieve the wine's silky feel and extract the essence of primary aromas. Large 500-litre barrels are used to round off the wine while ensuring the wood does not become too noticeable in the final result. Finally, in the glass, we find a light wine, which doesn't cling to the gums but neither does it leave our cheeks unmoved as it covers them with the pleasant and seductive feel of blackberries and ripe red currants. The longer it is in the glass, the more aromas appear — hints of cocoa, cigars, cherries, strawberry coulis, and sarsaparilla. Its complexity is such that every smell brings with it a new aroma. To sum up, it tastes and smells like vineyards. A simply-made wine which allows the soil and its fruit to express themselves, reminding us of the wines our parents and grandparents enjoyed on a daily basis, a reflection of the Ribera of the past before globalization and the huge boom in popularity of its red wines.
Wild mushrooms / roast potatoes / game birds
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Young red Crianza. Bodegas Trus Ribera del Duero, Spain Tempranillo
Bottle: 8.07 € club members / 9.50 € non-members
Although it is made using the youngest vines the winery have, the Trus Roble benefits from the fact that they are north-facing and the cooler weather adds to the usual character of continental climate vines growing at altitudes. The amount of fruit on each plant is also controlled to ensure each grape contains the maximum concentration of flavour. A short and careful maceration process of only ten days produces a wine with a young character; a wine with body but agile on the palate, a juicy wine without excessive tannins and with its own personality.
Trus Roble has a deep and bright cherry colour, and a nose of mandarin peel and violet petals which define its elegance, light complexity and natural balance. Its aromas remind us of the great Montsant wines but its smoothness and extremely tender mouth express its Tempranillo grapes and the essence of Ribera del Duero. An airy wine with diffused tannins, each sip is delightfully pleasant and surprising. Its four months in wood merely adds hints of spices, such as vanilla, and discrete smoke to the round, fresh, and juicy fruit which is the true star of the wine. A very moreish wine, it is also virtually impossible to give up smelling and enjoying its aromas.
Served at a moderate temperature to bolster its flowery and ethereal character, it’s an ideal wine to accompany mild-flavoured dishes.
Duck a l'orange / semi-cured cheeses / breaded lamb chops
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