Balbas Barrica 2006 wine review by (PB)
My wife selected this Ribera Del Duero from Spain which is crafted from 100% Tinta Del Pais. This is a wine that is positively gorgeous to behold with such a vibrant garnet wine with a core of cranberry and black cherry hues.
It has a yeasty bouquet on opening with finessed fruit and light cocoa/milk chocolate scents underneath.
After uncorking the wine was tart in the mouth with closed fruit trying to break out.
With a half hour of breathing, the wine is a different wine with sweet notes and tight raspberry and dried cherry flavors with a touch of spice up front. It finishes with a hint of wood and turns out to be a very tasty wine. I paid $17 for it and would have been disappointed with the initial tasting which is why you need to develop a habit of breathing your red wines with few exceptions. The Ribera Del Duero is producing some good wines these days so check them out and raise a glass!