Fuentespina Tinto 2011

I have been drinking quite a lot of this wine recently – the local MAS supermarket stocks it at €2.70 and apart from the first bottle which was a little ‘farty’ on opening – reductive taint? – all the bottles have been very good. Dark, clean, lots of fruit. It is a very inexpensive way of discovering or enjoying the Ribera Del Duero Joven style. And one huge bonus is that the grapes seem to have been hand picked, there is no hint of mechanical picking tannins.

The bottle suggests that there are hints of vanilla and milk ‘lacteos’ but I couldn’t find any. I believe if this wine has been in oak for any time, it was in old oak and only briefly.

If you like this wine and are willing to spend about three times as much then try Baden Numan – the 2009 and 2010 were excellent, I am sure the 2011 will be as well – and do not be put off by the lack of clarity – I guess Baden Numan do not filter or cold stabilize and you can taste that difference.


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