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Balbas Reserva 2005 Wine Review

Balbas Reserva 2005

Balbas Reserva 2005

Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 9

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Price: $20.95

Drink: 2015-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Balbás

Agent: Tradesa Corp.

Natalie's Score: 91/100

This full-bodied Spanish red wine has a good grip on the palate is offers more earthy, smoky, dusty aromas and flavours than fruit-forward ones. Decant for 2 hours and pair with lamb and rosemary. Complex, elegant and mature.

Food pairings: rack of lamb.

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This Balbas Reserva 2005 was reviewed on June 11, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A big, dark, sultry wine with aromas of dried rosemary and other herbs, earth, plums, jammy strawberries, and a touch of black pepper and vanilla. The taste is dark plum again, and there are lots of nice tannins, just on the grippy side of rounded. There's a long spicy plum finish. I paired this with a *very* tender roast beef, and it was a near perfect match.
Cherie Cole rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Full bodied with great acidity and round tannins. Plum, dried dark fruit with a hint of herbs and smoke on the nose. Beautiful balance of dark fruit with vanilla and a touch of oak on the finish. Tasted May, 2017.
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This full-bodied Deuro red comes in just above the magic $20 price point but worth the extra dollar. This 2005 is still showing youthful tannins and I suggest decanting at least 2 hours. Smoky, dusty, toasted oak,leather, black earth with a mix of red and black fruits. Serve with grilled or roasted red meat done medium-rare.
Tasted: August 2015
Gwen Barton rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Full-bodied, intense aromas - smoke, vanilla, tobacco, coffee. Oak aging comes through on the palate as well with more vanilla, cloves, some nuttiness- fruit flavours of cherry, and cranberry are there- but take a back seat. Lots of heat and spice on the finish. Paired well with steak.
Neil Phillips rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Medium+ in intensity, this Ribera del Duero has seen a fair bit of oak. Aromas of clove, nutmeg, vanilla, cedar...and then black fruits, red fruit jam. Slight meaty notes.

On the palate, same black fruits with added tart cherry, cranberry and herbaceous notes.

I found this a good wine, but was hoping for more complexity. I think perhaps a tad too much oak - or just a bit past its ideal drinking window.

Tasted October 2016.
Dry and subtle, with tanned leather and cigar box and made mostly from the traditional Tempranillo grape with some Cabernet. This Spanish DO wine finishes with dry tobacco and cedar. - Community Wine Reviews

1 Member would buy this wine again

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