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2009 Is One Of The
Greatest Vintages Ever In Spain
Classic Ribera At A Great Price
Big, Full and Robust
is a great wine from a great vintage. The 2009 vintage for Spain is superb,
Parker commented that the best Wineries will make their finest wines in 2009. I
have tasted many of great wines from Ribera del Duero and I can tell you this
is a great vintage, rich and concentrated, very approachable young with the
potential to age for long periods of time. Ribera del Duero is like the Napa of
Spain. Instead of making big robust Cabernet, they make big, robust
Tempranillo, the noble grape of Spain. The 2009 Briego Crianza is a
great example at a great price, 33% savings and under twenty by the case.
Parker loved the wine, 91pts calling the wine, â€śa delicious
Riberaâ€ť. This is definitely one of the greatest values I have tasted from this
great red wine region in this great vintage. I strongly recommend.
Hernando brothers (Fernando, Gaspar and Javier), owners of Bodegas Briego, have
recovered the tradition that their father was already exercising in the 60's.
The brothers called their project of fight and illusion Briego, a
synonym of fight - fight for the quality of this wine, fight to defend rural
life and fight to revive the village of Fompedraza! The fight began by
repurchasing and replanting many local vineyards. In 1992, their dream finally
came true with their first wine release under the D.O. Ribera del Duero wine
laws. Today, Briego has 70 hectares in production, controlling both the quality
and production of vineyards greater than 60 years old.
provocative Spanish wine was produced from the regionâ€™s best grape, the Tinto
Fino (Tempranillo sourced from La Solana vineyard) to obtain the best quality
in terms of body, structure, fruit aromas, etc. The grapes were hand-picked
and de-stemmed prior to pressing. After resting for a few months in
stainless-steel vats for clarifying through the cold winter months, the wine
was then transferred to age in French and American oak barrels for 14 months.
tasting notes: â€śThis
is a three-year-old wine, which has spent 8 months in American oak and 6 months
in French oak, before resting in bottle. Still showing a youthful red cherry
color. Deep and brilliant with soft lilac tones in the rim. Strong
characteristics of the Tempranillo grape variety. Ripe red fruits aromas -
blackberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, etc. - followed by delicate
notes of tobacco, caramel, eucalyptus (menthols), wood ageing characteristics -
cinnamon, vanilla, cumin, etc. All provide the qualities of a great wine full
of expression and complexity. On the palate it is velvety, delicate, generously
mouth-filling and offers a pallet of exciting flavors (ripe fruits, pastry,
jam, etc..). This wine will benefit with 15 to 20 minutes of decanting/aeration
prior to serving.â€ť
"The wines will have a highly
intense color and will be very fruity. They will have a good body on the palate
and rounded tannins. We can safely say, it has been an excellent year." â€“ Wine Spectator / 2009
Vintage Report Card (12/04/2009).
attractive, deep red color. The nose has floral notes, lactic, fruit compote
and well assembled black fruits with fine woods. Delicate aromas of
vanilla, cinnamon and cumin. The palate is subtle, delicate and
enveloping.â€ť â€“ 91 Pts. Robert Parker /The Wine Advocate.