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Reserva Selecciòn Especial Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon

9.0286 ratings
9.011 pro ratings
Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León, Spain
Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine
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Carl Smith

94 wine spectator, but too light for my taste

94 wine spectator, but too light for my taste

4 people found it helpfulDec 29th, 2016
Ray Vanderhoff

Really nice Spanish blend from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. 80/20 Tempranillo/Cab Sauv. Earthy and leathery organics on the nose with nice fruit on the pallet. Well constructed wine. Could age a bit longer. Revisited in January 2021. Still quite good. Organics and oak are dominating the fruit but tannins are very soft and the finish is quite velvety. Body and color seem a little light (considering their is some Cabernet Sauvignon blended with the Tempranillo). Give this one a good decant before drinking.

Really nice Spanish blend from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. 80/20 Tempranillo/Cab Sauv. Earthy and leathery organics on the nose with nice fruit on the pallet. Well constructed wine. Could age a bit longer. Revisited in January 2021. Still quite good. Organics and oak are dominating the fruit but tannins are very soft and the finish is quite velvety. Body and color seem a little light (considering their is some Cabernet Sauvignon blended with the Tempranillo). Give this one a good decant before drinking.

4 people found it helpfulNov 20th, 2016
Bo Yu
8.8

Light, drinks like a pinot. Medium tannins, low sugar, low alcohol. Ok drink for $20 from Costco

Light, drinks like a pinot. Medium tannins, low sugar, low alcohol. Ok drink for $20 from Costco

3 people found it helpfulFeb 5th, 2017
Riccardo L.

You simply cannot go wrong with these credentials. Cannot.

You simply cannot go wrong with these credentials. Cannot.

2 people found it helpfulNov 18th, 2017
Shay A
9.2

I was able to attend another Wednesday Wine Committee this week and it did not disappoint (they never do). As normal, all wines are tasted blind (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert).

I was very close to guessing this correct. Couldn't decide between an Italian brunello or Spanish Tempranillo. The nose needed some time, but after an hour, it was a dead ringer for Spanish Tempranillo...the American oak nose of coconut and dill were very pronounced. Very green/herbal like on the finish. This one caused the most confusion out of all the reds.

I was able to attend another Wednesday Wine Committee this week and it did not disappoint (they never do). As normal, all wines are tasted blind (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert).

I was very close to guessing this correct. Couldn't decide between an Italian brunello or Spanish Tempranillo. The nose needed some time, but after an hour, it was a dead ringer for Spanish Tempranillo...the American oak nose of coconut and dill were very pronounced. Very green/herbal like on the finish. This one caused the most confusion out of all the reds.

2 people found it helpfulOct 4th, 2017
Boris Mathiszik

Crisp acidity and fairly light. Jumps right out of the bottle. Nice.

Crisp acidity and fairly light. Jumps right out of the bottle. Nice.

1 person found it helpfulMay 22nd, 2021
Riccardo L.

Tasted like i took a bite of the barrel... and I liked it.

Tasted like i took a bite of the barrel... and I liked it.

1 person found it helpfulDec 5th, 2020
Anthony Pro

Solid wine...

But it’s aged 10 years. And it tastes like it’s a 2015.


Spain is weird man.

Solid wine...

But it’s aged 10 years. And it tastes like it’s a 2015.


Spain is weird man.

1 person found it helpfulDec 5th, 2020
Douglas Braun

2012 Vintage -nice blackberry, spice (black ants -smashed) American oak ( vanilla,,bit of coconut ) brown sugar big and bold for and 8 year old wine still has purple rim

2012 Vintage -nice blackberry, spice (black ants -smashed) American oak ( vanilla,,bit of coconut ) brown sugar big and bold for and 8 year old wine still has purple rim

1 person found it helpfulOct 25th, 2020
Jared Silvia

Hmmm...this wine is bit enigmatic for me. The color is deep ruby and bright. The alcohol moderate. The nose is black fruit centric with spices. The taste is very closed, very initial flavor on the first taste fresh out of the bottle. It takes a few hours for it to really open up. The tannins are pronounced from beginning to end, which gives it good structure. The acidity is moderate, not a flabby wine but seems very dry. The spice and leather flavors eventually come through, and there are some subtle herb notes.

Hmmm...this wine is bit enigmatic for me. The color is deep ruby and bright. The alcohol moderate. The nose is black fruit centric with spices. The taste is very closed, very initial flavor on the first taste fresh out of the bottle. It takes a few hours for it to really open up. The tannins are pronounced from beginning to end, which gives it good structure. The acidity is moderate, not a flabby wine but seems very dry. The spice and leather flavors eventually come through, and there are some subtle herb notes.

1 person found it helpfulApr 18th, 2018