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. — 13 days ago
Ripe dark berry fruits, cassis, light vanilla, autumn leaves, and hint of cured meat fill the dark brooding nose. Fresh cherry and raspberry, peppery spice add to flavors. Medium to full body. The acidity is as good as it gets - round , vivid but not obstructive. The lightly candied tannins are soft yet assertive.
Supposedly one vine only produces one bottle, hence the name Una Cepa. A superb RdD. — 6 days ago
Love this wine; I’ll probably keep tasting it till the end of my days. Dark, dark ruby color; dark fruit, cassis, leather, and cedar on the nose. The pallet is a beautiful harmony of contrasts with pronounced blackberry, vanilla, with a hint of mocha. Long finish with the grippiest tannings ever. Looking forward to tasting this wine in the far future and seeing it soften up on the finish. Cheers. — 9 days ago
Unexpectedly nice dessert wine to finish lunch. Expressive bouquet of raisins, tropical fruits, field flowers and buckwheat honey. Thanks to acidity, it feels fresh and is so quaffable. But my favourite part is acetonic finish. That case when VA are so well placed only to add complexity.
Tasted on 2021-08-27 — 8 days ago