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WINE REVIEW: Two Notable Spanish Reds From Ribera del Duero


by Andrew Chalk

Bodegas Aster, 2020 El Espino, Ribero Del Duero, Spain ($40)


A really enjoyable complex red wine from Ribera del Duero, one of Spain’s best wine regions. Other critics preferred the second wine, but this was more balanced, to my palate. Best with lamb, beef, venison.


TASTING NOTES

NAME:

Bodegas Aster, 2020 El Espino, Ribero Del Duero, Spain


COMMENTS

APPEARANCE


Clarity

clear

Intensity

deep

Color

ruby



NOSE


Condition

clean

Intensity

medium plus

Aroma Characteristics

raspberry, blackcurrant, forest floor, chocolate, coconut,



PALATE


Sweetness

dry

Acidity

medium plus

Tannin

medium/chewy

Alcohol

medium

Body

medium

Flavor Intensity

medium plus

Flavor characteristics

rasapberry, blackcurrant, forest floor, chocolate, coconut,

Other observations

ripe fruit

Finish

long



Quality assessment

Very Good. Fruit and secondary flavors combine for a delicious mouthfeel.

Ageability

Suitable



 

Bodegas Aster, 2019 Finca El Otero, Ribero Del Duero, Spain ($60)

Powerful, structured, with dense black fruit. Needs more time for its tannins to soften and its components to resolve.


TASTING NOTES

NAME:

Bodegas Aster, 2019 Finca El Otero, Ribero Del Duero, Spain


COMMENTS

APPEARANCE


Clarity

clear

Intensity

deep

Color

ruby



NOSE


Condition

clean

Intensity

medium plus

Aroma Characteristics

blackberry, forest floor, pencil lead, green tea



PALATE


Sweetness

dry

Acidity

medium plus

Tannin

medium plus/coarse

Alcohol

medium

Body

medium

Flavor Intensity

medium plus

Flavor characteristics

blackberry, pencil lead, green tea

Other observations

ripe fruit

Finish

long



Quality assessment

Very Good. But the tannins need to soften before it is truly enjoyable. Give it five years and try it again.

Agability

Suitable

Samples.

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