Well, as we are almost at the half way mark in January, and I have some great wines to help keep you toasty warm this winter.
When you’ve had one of those weeks, and you need a treat – I have the treat for you.
This is the 2005 Resalte Ribera del Duero Crianza. It was voted the Number 1 Spanish wine in the world in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2010 and #26 on the list. And let me tell you it is spectacular. For those of you that have been reading this wine blog for a while, you know I am a huge fan of the Marquis de Riscal Rioja wine.
With its gold netting, it’s a nice looking bottle, and a great wine with tastes of cedar and plum. A great smooth Spanish wine. Well, you can’t buy the Marquis de Riscal in Nova Scotia. But I feel I have found one just as good. Leave it my friend Susan from the NSLC to come up with a great tasting Tempranillo. A crianza has to be aged 6 months in oak, this spent 15 months in French and American oak, so you can taste the oak. It’s smooth, but it has 15% Alcohol content, so it’s robust and powerful and can deliver a punch. Ripe red fruits with hints of oak and smoke. Perfection.
At $27 a bottle here in Nova Scotia, it’s a treat, but worth every penny. I thoroughly enjoyed it with a stuffed butterfly pork chop, stuffed with feta cheese, bacon and jalapenos.
Till next week, in vitro veritas. In wine there is truth. At 15% Alcohol, maybe too much truth.