Three big reds and a refreshing white

A quick round up of four wines this time, I know the weather is nice and chilled fizz, whites and rosé’s should be featuring but I still enjoy a big red even when the sun is shinning. It’s been a good few days for reds and the three I feature I shared with friends who all thought, as did I, that they were very good indeed.

Conde San Cristobal – Ribera del Duero 2015

Blend of predominately Tempranillo with a dash of Cabernet and Merlot. Great modern style Ribera, inky dark purple in colour with aromas of blackberry, cloves, pepper and vanilla. On first sip there was a little bitter chocolate before the dark fruits kicked in. Tasted fresh with a lovely juiciness, tannins were well balanced and the finish was full of dark chocolate, vanilla and a touch of menthol. Still young and would benefit from further ageing but still very enjoyable.

Cork rating
My rating 8/10 Corks
Conde De Cristobal & Marques Casa Concha Syrah

Marques Casa Concha – Syrah 2010

Bought this a few years ago, forgot about it until now and boy was it nice surprise when I opened it. In the glass it was a lovely garnet colour with a little rusty tinge around the rim. Wonderful heady nose of stewed prunes, smoke and spice. Tastewise maybe a touch Jammy with the ripe plums, blackcurrant and prunes, again dark chocolate makes an appearance along roasted coffee and a lovely toasty finish. Very full on wine (14,5% abv) which won many admirers with those who tasted it.

My rating 8.5/10 Corks

Faustino I Gran Reserva – Rioja 2001

This bottle was like welcoming an old friend, I am a big fan of Faustino and this, from a stunning vintage, didn’t disappoint. No mistaking this for a Rioja when sticking your nose in the glass, strong aromas of wood, tobacco, vanilla, black cherries and over-ripe strawberries. Maybe it’s me but mature Rioja always remind me of that incense smell you get in an old church. In the mouth it’s just full of dark red fruits along with dusty spices, leather and wood. This is a big heady Rioja with a lovely complexity about it, each glass from the bottle gets better and better.

9/10 Corks Sauvignon Blanc
My rating 9/10 Corks
Faustino Gran Reserva 2001

Me & Monsieur Jones Blanc 2018

For those who remember Monty Python ‘and now for something completely different’ finishing with a refreshing blend of Grenache Blanc, Macabeo and Muscat from the Languedoc region of France.

Opened on a hot evening this was perfect accompanying a nice relaxing dinner of pork with, freshly cooked artichokes in garlic, roasted red pepper and baked new potatoes.

This was full of green fruits with some stewed pears thrown in, very aromatic and herby (not the car). The addition of Muscat gives it the subtle sweetness but still tasting dry and fresh. Perfect with the food and equally good on its own. My first bottle from ‘Naked wines’ which happened to be a freebie from my local Majestic store which was a bonus. Again enjoyed by all.

Cork rating
My rating 8/10 Corks

So some great reds this week, favourites with friends was the Casa Concha Syrah, which was very nice but for me the Faustino just shaded it and the Ribera came in third but all of them brilliant wines not forgetting the Grenache Blanc which was equally as good.

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