After posting on two Portuguese wines yesterday, I thought I’d stay in the Iberian peninsula and write up two Spanish bottles. The Basconcillos is a low-SO2 red that’s brilliant value for money, and although there’s some American oak here it doesn’t dominate at all, although there’s certainly some oak evident. The Sandoval is made by Spanish wine journalist Victor de la Serna, and it’s very good: don’t let the high-ish alcohol put you off, because this wine has lovely definition.
Dominio Basconcillos 2012 Ribera del Duero, Spain
14% alcohol. Organic grapes, 6 months in oak, from a 50 hectare property at the northern end of the Ribera del Duero, at an elevation of 1000 m. Lower SO2. Deep coloured and sweetly aromatic with red cherries, raspberries, some floral notes and a bit of wood spice. The palate is fresh and vibrant with nice fresh berry fruits and a savoury, spicy, woody edge. Youthful with nice freshness and definition. 90/100 (£12.99 Vintage Roots)
Finca Sandoval 2008 Manchuela, Spain
14.5% alcohol. This is Syrah with a bit of Bobal. Fine, vivid and pure with lovely raspberry and cherry fruit with hints of cedar and spice. A bit grippy, showing nice purity. It’s a ripe wine but it has good definition and all the components are well integrated. 93/100
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