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Ardal Selección Especial Reserva 2006

Ardal Selección Especial Reserva 2006
Ardal Selección Especial Reserva 2006

Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain

Community Score: 4.5/5
Community Reviews: 20
Price: $23.95
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Alcohol: 14%

Drink: 2015-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Ardal

Somm4All WSET 3 rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

While the Ribera del Duero region of Spain may not have been widely known before 1980, today it competes with Rioja as Spain’s top red wine areas – this 2006 Ardal Reserva is a prime example as to why. Ruby red in colour with intense aromas of fresh dark cherry, cassis, black plum and just a touch of both anise and tobacco leaf. On the palate, the dark fruit shines through while the 24 months of ageing in French and American oak not only refines the firm tannins, but also contributes notes of chocolate, cedar and whispers of vanilla. Composed of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon this is a full-bodied red wine blend with a bit of “oomph”, however it is remarkably balanced which in turn allows for an elegant and refined feel/finish. This quality at this price almost demands a multi-bottle purchase. Drink now or cellar for an additional 5 to 7 years - harmonious with a well marbled grilled rib eye.


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