PradoRey Elite Tinta Fina 1999
This Ribera del Duero wine comes from a relatively new producer, PradoRey. They have an extensive lineup of wines, but this came highly recommended from a respect store owner. I found it an astonishing amalgam of a southern Rhone grenache blend and a Portuguese dry Douro red.
Extremely sophisticated, the nose was very rich and layered, with currant and dark fruit laced in with minerals in an almost Amarone-like manner. The palated expanded the currant flavours and brought in subtle blackberry and an intense mineral core. In fact, I would liken the structure of the minerality to a northern Rhone Cote-Rotie. A touch of oak integrated all the superbly-balanced fruit with the acidic mineral core and released many repeating layers of flavour on the finish, which was 30-45 seconds. This is a truly exceptional wine.
$55 at Steamworks Liquor Store (also available at Everything Wine)
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