Spain’s Ribera Del Duero Wines: The Player You Want on Your Team (Chicago Tribune)
Ribera del Duero is known for its tempranillo-based dry red wines, which range from fruity and instantly accessible, to more brooding and powerful. It’s home to scores more wineries than ever, and many are respected by wine experts around the world. In sports, winning an MVP award is the highest individual honor, and right behind it is the lesser-known and oft-overlooked MIP award. The Most Improved Player is the one to watch … the one who has come the furthest in the shortest amount of time. If Spanish wine regions were individual players instead of, well, Spanish wine regions, the MIP award would have gone to Ribera del Duero years ago. See Why
Among the Chicago Tribune recommendations are:
2014 Finca Resalso. This 100 percent tempranillo offers dark fruits aromas, a bright sweetness and a clean finish.
2011 Traslascuestas Crianza. Fun, fruity and easy to drink, with notes of ripe strawberry, plum and vanilla.
2013 Celeste Crianza. A lush and silky mouthfeel was accompanied by red fruits, blueberries and smoke.
2013 Legaris Crianza. Packing 14.5 percent alcohol, this whopper gives off plum, red fruits, pine, minerality and chocolate.
2010 Protos Gran Reserva. Raspberry, strawberry, lush dark fruits, incense, nutmeg and vanilla all harmonize in this bottle.