A glass-staining opaque purple, it offers up an enticing bouquet cedar, spice box, violets, cassis, and black cherry. This is followed by a rich, flavorful, firm wine that will evolve for 1-2 years. This lengthy bargain will drink well through 2015. It is what over-delivering is all about.
Bright purple. Blackberry and boysenberry scents are bright and expressive. Pliant, sweet dark berry preserve flavors show good clarity and freshness, with gentle tannins adding grip. A spicy quality builds on the taut, energetic finish. Offers good immediate appeal but I suspect that this will be even better with a year or so of bottle age.
Barco de Piedra is a joyous affirmation of the beauty and purity of the Tempranillo grape as it is grown in the Ribera del Duero DO. The noble Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinta del Pais by locals, has suffered from producers who like to use excessive “make up,” too much new oak or winemaking technique, which obscures the identity of the grape. The logic behind Barco de Piedra is simple: the Tempranillo grape grown... View More