A recent addition to The Tesco Finest range this Ribera del Duero Tempranillo from northern Spain is not for the fainthearted, bold, full of vanillary oak and I liked it !
Straight out of the bottle aromas of blackberries and dark plums hit you and that initial taste of rich rustic fruit and in your face oak set the taste buds tingling.
Maybe a little bold for some to start with, I decided to decant this for a couple of hours in which time it had settled into a much smoother and palatable drink although it still retained the hefty kick of oak. Left for a while it did seem to mute some of it’s initial aromas but this didn’t detract from what is a lovely tasting drink that would have some longevity.
Finally, for me, this needed food and the Roast lamb with Rosemary and Garlic that I had with it paired beautifully. If you like Big bold, oaky wines full of Spanish charm, this would be perfect.
My Rating 8/10 Corks Tesco Currently 25% off at £7.49