Post #100! 2009 Creta Roble Tempranillo Ribera del Duero

This is my 100th post, and I wanted to go back to my roots and write about a wine from Spain.   I consumed mostly Spanish wines when I first started drinking wine and still enjoy a nice Spanish vino but being in California it is tough to find a good selection of Spanish wines!   I did find this tempranillo from Ribera del Duero and loved the notes on it.   Can’t resist a good tempranillo  :-)

On the nose… blackberries, coffee, and spicy chocolate.   This wine smells exotic and rich.   The mouthfeel is round and ripe, and the finish is definitely berry-esque with more bite emerging.   The finish has lingering acidity and I think this wine would be great paired with some Spanish tapas (of course!) and pork.   I’m excited to try more tempranillo from Ribera del Duero!



2010 Zolo Gaucho Select Malbec Mendoza Argentina

I haven’t had Malbec in a while, so I thought this bottle from Mendoza would be a good one to try.   When I first poured it, the deep purple color indicated that this is a young wine, no surprise given the vintage.  I smell blackberries and toast, and on the nose this definitely smells more tart than ripe.   The finish reminded me of the skin on a plum, and the tartness lingers – like drinking cranberry juice.   This does not have big tannins, but I still think this wine is not very approachable on its own and needs cheese or a light snack to pair with.  I am not sure if this is not ripe enough for my taste, or too young.   I’d like to try another 2010 Malbec from Mendoza to see if it is more palatable.