Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel – Reserva 2009 – Ribera del Duero

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Red wine with a fairly deep core, blue purple, ruby towards the rim. Pure nose showing off a lot of dark fruitiness here; dark plum, dark cherry. There’s some dry spices in there as well, some notes of licorice. There’s some oak here but I feel it’s well integrated, not too present. Quite ripe, it feels rather sunny and warm in style. I like the texture here, because it’s a full-bodied wine, with a good density of fruit. We have a lot of extract as well, but quite grainy, quite chocolate powdery tannin here, adding freshness. We also have a well-kept acidity. In terms of ripeness it’s quite warm, we have at least 14° in alcohol but it doesn’t disturb me, I think it’s well-integrated. Some of that sweet spiciness on the finish like vanilla, clove, dark cherry plum. Long finish, it keeps going on there. I think it’s a wine with a good harmony, well-made in that warm rich quite modern style, but with nicely integrated oak and nicely integrated tannin. I’d happily drink it today.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.