Joven de Silos, Oddbins, £12.75
The dark cherry notes come through coupled with violet hues and elegant aromas of red and ripe fruits of the forest, with mineral and violet floral tones and a youthful edge. On the palate, it´s fruity, meaty yet silky with pleasant tannins. A long lingering intense yet fine wine, due to its refreshing acidity.
This wine has a USP and it executes it brilliantly. What is it? It is the charming freshness and vibrancy of youth. With this Joven (young) wine, vintner Óscar Aragón has captured the reviving and heady violet, strawberry and mineral flavours of the Tempranillo grape and not given it any age, bar six months in the bottle before release. For those in pursuit of fresher, fruitier Spanish reds, you can call off the search…
In the last 30 years Ribera del Duero has emerged from almost nowhere to challenge Rioja for the crown as Spain’s greatest wine region. Once known only as the home Vega Sicilia and Tinto Pesquera, it now boasts numerous bodegas of outstanding quality including the excellent Bodegas Fuentenarro. The estate is owned by the Pérez Garcia family and was founded in 2002. The winery is located in the municipality of La Horra, Burgos, with a long winemaking tradition in the heart of Ribera del Duero and the wines are from family owned vineyards. Only Tempranillo is grown on the estate, the youngest of the vineyards is 20 years old and the oldest 70 years. Production is limited and the wines are aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels. This particular red is 100% Tempranillo (known locally as Tinta del Pais) and, as the name suggests, spends 4 months in American oak barrels.
A medium garnet in colour with shades of violet. On the nose, notes of redcurrant, blueberry and plum with traces of ripe peach and vanilla. On the palate, creamy and smooth in texture with further red and black fruit notes. Medium bodied with sweet tannins, this is a well structured wine showing great ageing potential. Great with a salad of ham, pears and Manchego cheese, braised ribs with confit potatoes and crispy leeks or Chilindron stew of venison, roasted red peppers, paprika and pancetta.
Reserve des Tuguets, Madiran, Tesco £6.50
An intense bouquet is immediately apparent, dominated by dark fruit and toasted notes, with some hints of leather on the finish with liquorice and mint notes. A truly refined choice at an excellent price.
The Madiran appellation is situated on the clay-gravel soil foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. The “Reserve des Tuguets” comes from a selection of the region’s typical grape varieties : Tannat, which contributes fruit and richness, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which add aromatic complexity.
Tasting Notes: A rich and full-bodied wine that displays notes of fresh black cherries, liquorice and spice. Hearty and firmly-structured, this wine is best enjoyed with foods such as hard cheeses or grilled red meat dishes.
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha, Morrisons £8.00
This wine has it all, combining the grapes from the best vines of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Quinta de Maipo vineyard, in the Maipo Valley. A terroir with an exceptional climate and three different types of soil.
Its tasting notes are deep, very ripe and dense with blackberry and cherry avors leading to a deliciously smoky, tarry note on the nish. Firm texture with ne-grained tannins that support the brilliant fruit. If you’re in the mood for cooking something a little bit special, then rich pork or boar terrines and pâtés; roasted lamb or goat with herbes de Provence would be sublime. Mediterranean-style lamb stews with vegetables would also be well complemented.