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Today's Wine Tasting Note

© Copyright 1997 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

Ribera del Duero
Condado de Haza label
This Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero label came from the Website of Classical Wines of Spain, the wine's U.S. importer.

As the wines of Spain become more well-known around the world, there's hardly a Spanish wine region gaining more quickly in popularity or in repute than Ribera del Duero. Close to the town of Villalodid not too far north of Madrid, it's in the same general region as Rioja and shares with Rioja the use of the Tempranillo grape. But the wine's no Rioja clone but a lusty dry red with a character all its own, ripe and fruity and heavily tannic, drinkable young but rewarding time.

Condado de Haza 1995 Ribera del Duero ($12.99)
Very dark purple color, opaque to the edge. Ripe black fruit aroma with appetizing hints of spice, cinnamon and cloves. A big mouthful of fruit overrides tart acidity and firm tannins. Very good now, but shows the potential to get even better with a little cellar time. Importer: Classical Wines from Spain, Seattle. (Dec. 25, 1997)

FOOD MATCH: Went very well with a Szechwan-style crispy duck, a flavorful, mature duck coated with Szechwan peppers, "five-spice" and salt, steamed, then painted with soy sauce and roasted at high heat until crisp. The wine's intense fruit stood up to the flavorful duck, and the spicy flavors of the wine and duck added an appealing nuance.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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