Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Spain's Ribera del Duero, stretching westward from Valladolid to the Portuguese border, produces many fine reds, including the fabled Vega Sicilia. This, however, is by no means among the foremost examples of the region's products, lacking the full bodied presence that characterizes the best of them. What we have here is a nice enough, unpretentious wine, with noticeable dark fruit accents and a strong tannin content. The rather strong acidic aftertaste makes it a good accompaniment to assertive red meats such as steak. $9.99.