Fans of this cult red from the Ribera del Duero north of Madrid need no introduction to earthiness. This is 100-per cent tempranillo, the prominent grape of Rioja to the east, a moderately tannic variety with loads of complexity when done right. The winemaker boasts of its “dark forest aromas” and I would not disagree. There’s also good spice from 24 months in American oak as well as pleasant oxidation and a tight tug of fine-grained tannins. Roast leg of lamb would do it justice. $49.99 in B.C.
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