The rain in Spain is mainly in the plain. But this Ribera del Duero vineyard seems to be doing well
Ribera del Duero is an area of north central Spain known for classical, refined red wines, tasting of plums and black currants. Winemakers here are oak fans, but tend to employ used rather than new barrels so the results are fairly subtle. Suggested food pairings include Beef Goulash, Roast Lamb, and Coq au Vin. The modern ones can be stored for about 3-8 years, whereas those produced in the traditional style can be stored for about 5-25 years. The rosÚs should be consumed shortly after purchase.
It is not hard to find Ribera del Duero wines in the $10-12-15 range. You may want to try the Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez for about $30 with lots of cherry and black fruit flavors. There are plenty of tannins and you can age it for about ten to twelve years. For another $10 or so move up to their Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero, a powerful wine with red and dark berry flavors complimented by smoky bacon and cracked pepper. You can age this one for years. An option that isn't in the cards for most of us is the Vega-Sicilia, which in spite of its name is considered one of Spain's greatest wines. This wine starts at about $150 but the "better" version, the Vega-Sicilia Unico starts at about $300. Let us know if you are familiar with this wine.