Wine Tasting Video: Spanish Reds from Bierzo, Ribera del Duero, Jumilla & Navarra

Sabina Tempranillo 2011, Navarra (£5.25 The Wine Society)
Perky young wine, fresh, friendly and unhampered by oak, with dark fruit plus a hint of redcurrant and some earthy spice to the finish – a tasty cheapie. B(+)

Legaris Roble 2010, Ribera del Duero (£9.99 Wine Rack, Eynsham Cellars, The Four Vintners, Lewis & Cooper, The Smiling Grape Company, Noel Young Wines, Chislehurst Wine Shop, Ye Olde Bottoms Up, Wine Buffs, Morecambe Bay Wines & Spirits, Taylor’s Fine Wines)
As with the Sabina, this scores for its freshness, with vigorous blackcurrant and berry flesh, a floral overtone and a vigorous finish. Has a touch of toasty coconut from oak aging, but its in balance with the rest of the wine. Good now, better in a year’s time. S-

La Báscula Turret Fields Monastrell/Syrah 2010, Jumilla (£9.49-£9.99 Woodwinters, All About Wine, Halifax Wine Company)
I quite like that rough and ready but relaxed aroma of ripe Mourvèdre, and the Syrah also chips in with dark fruit and spice notes, but it’s just on the jammy side, and that edge of liquorice speaks of fruit that’s just too ripe. B(-)

Pittacum 2007, Bierzo (£12.75 Caves de Pyrene)
Bold, meaty style, with a herby wildness to its berry and plum jam flavours, plus touches of chocolate and brown sugar and a rounded, earthy finish. Feels fully mature. S-

Pittacum ‘Aurea’ 2007, Bierzo (£30.50 Caves de Pyrene)
Still has some of the rustic, herby charm of its little brother (see above), there’s some nice oak giving the fruit a framework, but that fruit veers towards to the overripe, and the finish, while sweet and concentrated, doesn’t have me thinking that this will get any better. S-

Quinta Sardonia 2007, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León (~£40)
A big bruising style, port-like aromas (a negative for me), touches of consommé (a bit of brett here), plum jam and burnt berries. Intense but with no vibrancy, find myself left with sweet and clumsy flavours. Some will love this; it was my least favourite of these six wines. B-

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