Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero 2010
The 2010 is nothing short of blockbuster, but in a fantastically classic, super-refined, finessed way. Almost like a great vintage of 1st Growth Bordeaux, it is a massive wine, tightly wound and loaded, but wildly complex, elegant and layered in your mouth. Beautiful baskets of fruits, espresso, cocoa, herbs, in a deep and fascinating texture with big but silky tannin. Truly something special and not to be missed for those who love not just great Spanish wine, but GREAT WINE, period.
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Inky ruby. Powerful, expansive aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, mocha and smoky minerals. At once lush and vibrant, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors complicated by cola and floral pastilles. Supple tannins give shape to the clinging, sharply delineated finish. This wine's blend of brawn and finesse is really impressive.
~Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar