Saturday, February 02, 2008

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!


Bob said...

Good point about breathing, I need to remember that. I usually come right in from work, start on dinner, then remember to uncork just as dinner is ready. Have to uncork first, even before I feed the cat!


Anonymous said...

Dear friends all,

Thanks for your kind words about our Balbás red wines. Bodegas Balbás is a familiar winery in the heart of Ribera del Duero. We are very proud to be one of the pioneers in this area producing and commercializing wines.

You are all invited to visit us,

Pablo de las Heras (Export Department Bodegas Balbás)