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(2017) This handsomely packaged Ribera del Duero certainly looks like more than £7's worth. A 'Roble', so given only a short period in oak barrels, it is 100% Tempranillo made by Bodegas Portia, owned by Rioja's Faustino, who I visited a few years ago at the opening of their stunning winery. Dark and saturated purple, there's a sheen of cocoa and mocha coffee to dark, glossy black fruit. On the palate a welterweight of black plum, damson and blueberry is bittersweet, with the ripe and creamy fruit set against a firm, spicy framework of tannin and cherry-skin acidity. Not shy on charry oak, but very impressive at this price I must say.
(2010) An unoaked, Joven wine that is 100% Tempranillo, this has a lovely nose, with a bloody ripeness and richness, and a classy black fruit quality. Very taut and poised, with a solid, sweet core of fruit, but quite fine and refined, with a nutty quality to the dry, savoury finish.
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