Don’t Judge Me Mondays: 2010 Bodega Balbas Ribera del Duero

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To kick off July’s Flavor of the Month, grilling, I thought it would be fun to share a wine that would pair well with grilled foods.  I searched for a Spanish red, as they tend to be bold and I knew would hold up well to grilled flavors. I tried a few and we found this Ribera del Duero fits the bill!  It is a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon (80/20, respectively).

 

Appearance

This red wine is deep garnet in color, but not opaque, and has many legs from its higher alcohol content of 14%.

 

Smell

It has a lovely bouquet.  Derek and I both smelled black pepper and fresh wood, while Derek also smelled cherry.

 

Taste

While the finish of this wine is smooth, it still has a bold flavor.  It’s a 2010 so it’s had time for the tannins to mellow.  It has an undertone of coffee and berries.  I think it would be perfect with a grilled steak or lamb chops (oooo, or a grilled pizza!).  However, it’s mellow enough you could just drink it on its own.  While I wouldn’t give it the “porch pounder” label, I would say it’s a wine I wouldn’t mind drinking on a mildly warm summer evening. 🙂

The wine was $20 at Costco.

What’s your favorite summer red?

 

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