Basconcillos - 2017
Quality Ribera del Duero wine can be very expensive, but this organic example is terrific value. Made from Tempranillo (known locally as Tinto Fino), it has more power and body than Rioja, but due to the altitude and cool nights of the Ribera region, it has a great spine of acidity. The colour is dark and rich, with a ruby tint that complements the delightful, expressive aromas of vanilla and cooked plum. The tannins are both dry and soft, and there are hints of ripe damson on the palate to match the robust structure of the oak-aged wine. It is a vigorous wine that is highly drinkable, and one that ages well when left in the bottle for a few years.
Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (2016 vintage)