Just in time for your sumptuous holiday rib roast or perhaps a savory leg of lamb comes a flavorful new red from the famed Ribera del Duero in northern Spain. Perhaps the country’s second-most widely acclaimed wine producing region after Rioja, the Ribera del Duero is home to many excellent yet often pricey wines from legendary producers like Emilio Moro, Dominio de Pingus, Pesquera and Vega Sicilia. Outstanding value here can be a challenge to find.
Our latest addition to our Direct to You portfolio is a notable exception. Bodegas Neo Sentido ($17) is comprised of one-hundred percent Tinta del Pais, the regional name for the Tempranillo grape variety. The fruit is sourced from dry-farmed bush-vine parcels averaging between fifty and sixty years old.
Green harvesting in the vineyards is done to achieve phenolic ripeness and promote freshness and complexity in the remaining clusters which are limited to just 3.5 tons per acre. Grapes are allowed to macerate on their skins for two weeks followed by temperature controlled fermentation. Bodegas Neo winemaker Isaac Fernandez Montana ages the wine for one year in a combination of new and used French and American oak. The finished wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Sentido sports a deep ruby rim with black fruits and mocha on the nose. It’s very silky on the palate with cherry, spice, tobacco, chocolate and loamy earth.
Jim Greely, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine & spirits supervisor
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