It’s official. We’ve taken the leap and registered for WSET Diploma (Level 4)! 😆 We’re excited for, and daunted by, the steep learning journey that lies ahead over the next 2-3 years…
What better way to mark the beginning of this journey than to sip on some lovely Ribera del Duero wine and work through a formal note using the systematic approach to tasting (SAT) wine? 🍷🍷
This wine is made from the ‘Tinta del Pais’ variety aka ‘Tinto Fino’ aka ‘Tempranillo.’ It hails from Ribera del Duero DO within the Duero Valley of Spain. 🇪🇸 Its topography is unique in that it’s largely cut off from maritime influences by surrounding mountains and is situated on the highest part of a plateau called the Meseta Central, over 2,780 feet above sea level. ⛰ ⛰
👁 This wine is deep ruby with notable tearing and extraction.
👃 On the nose this wine has a medium intensity of youthful aromas. Aromas include primary notes of ripe black cherry, black currant, blueberry, pomegranate, violet, anise, black licorice, and secondary notes of cedar, pencil shavings, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.
👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium intensity of flavors. Flavors include tart blackberry, black cherry, and black currant, dark chocolate, toast, cedar, nutmeg, and clove. The finish is medium.
This is a very good wine that is balanced in its core structure, offers aromatic and flavor complexity across primary and secondary categories, and has solid intensity and concentration of vibrant fruit. 💕 It may be consumed now (especially after decanting), but has potential for further aging.
Protos ’27, Ribera del Duero, Tinta del Pais, Vintage 2017, ABV 14.5%. Named in honor of the 11 vine growers who established Protos in 1927. — 4 days ago
Soooooo smooth!! Perfectly sweet and not harsh at all. — 7 days ago
Atypical oak-aged Verdejo from very old, organically-farmed vines in Nieva. Expressive nose. Citrus (lemon zest), tropical notes, marzipan, beeswax. Medium-bodied. Round, creamy. Lemon flavors. Zesty acidity — 20 days ago
Loved it with my meatloaf and cheese. Red fruit + chocolate. Very drinkable. Had on flight from Zurich to JFK after nick’s wedding — 13 days ago
fresh, fruity red with raspberries and cherries, as well as some wood. Tiny hint of vanilla. Medium body with firm, racy tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. 100% #grenache #garnacha with 18 months oak maturation in 225L and 500L from #campodeborja — 12 days ago
Fragrant & flowery yet profound at the same time.
Raspberries galore with a pinch of dusty spices & a healthy dose of red peppercorns. So fresh & so vibrant.
On the palate this is focused, pure, crystal clean with brilliant concentration & depth. Juicy tannins and flowery acidity complete the picture.
This seems light & crunchy yet is so elegant at the same time. The ultimate food wine for me!
Absolutely love it!!
— 2 months ago