Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dominio Fournier Ribero del Duero Crianza 2016

Ah yes! Ribera del Duero, Spain! One of my favorite red wine regions in the whole world! And I've got two wine from there by Dominio Fournier lined up for today and this coming Thursday! First it's their 2016 Crianza and then it will be their 2014 Reserva.

The 2016 Crianza is from the Finca El Pinar vineyard, which sits on the fluvial soil of the Duero River. It's 100% Tinta del Pais, which you may know better as Tempranillo. That grape goes my so many different names in its native country of Spain that it will make your head spin. The wine was fermented in both stainless steel and wooden vats, although I don't know what percentage of the wine was fermented in each one. It went through malolactic fermentation in oak barrels, and saw 12 months total aging in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels. It has an ABV of 14.5%.

The color of the wine is cherry red. On the nose there's black cherries, blackberries, black olives, licorice, vanilla, a big old plank of wood, and ethanol fumes. This nose is just awesome! On the palate it's medium bodied with tight chalky tannins and a bit of a tart acidity. There's flavors of black cherries, blackberries, green pepper, herbs, and clay. Then it finishes astringent with black cherries, black tea, and even a little bit of Smarties candy.

Damn, that's good. Structured and strong but still complex with intricacies. I'm going to let the rest of the bottle sit, and I can't wait to see how it turns out tomorrow.

Price: $30
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

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