Bargain hunting Ribera del Duero doesn’t always end abysmally. But this thing reeks of home winemaker–it’s even got the oily film on it that you occasionally see in barrels which is no big deal but it should never translate to bottle. Speaking of barrels, oak oak oak oak oak that’s all you smell on this thing and American Oak honestly, smokey and sharp. There’s basically no fruit, it’s all musk and acid and drinking it here with a really zesty pasta dish it kind of gets away with it I mean if I were into catchphrases I suppose you could call it *food wine* but I feel often that phrase covers a multitude of sins. VA rules the roost here. Just say no.
2014 FUENTESPINA Granate Tempranillo Ribera del Duero Spain 13.5