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Balbás Ardal Crianza 2014 Wine Review

Balbás Ardal Crianza 2014

Balbás Ardal Crianza 2014

Ribera del Duero D.O., Spain

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 3

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Price: $23.95

Drink: 2021-2025

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Balbás

Agent: Tradesa Corp.

Natalie's Score: 89/100

From Bodegas Balbás, Ardal Crianza 2014 is a robust red blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 14 months in American oak barrels. Deep and dark red in the glass, this is a big wine with aromas of fig, plum, parmesan cheese, cigar box; dry and toasty with ripe dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, smoky toasty oak spice, vibrant acidity and firm tannins. Decant two hours prior to pouring with a juicy roast beef.

Crianza food pairings: pork short ribs braised in red wine sauce, pork shoulder roast with cherry red currant and wine sauce, pork schnitzel.

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This Balbás Ardal Crianza 2014 was reviewed on January 7, 2022 by Natalie MacLean

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Christian Marcoux rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The Ardal from Bodegas Balbas, located in Ribera Del Duero in Spain, exposes a pleasant bouquet of fig, dried blackberry, dried rosemary, pastrami, parmesan cheese, tobacco, coca and oak. Blended from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 vintage delivers a full body, refined tannins and light acidity. The finish is well layered and shows great quality. Palate: sour cherry, fig, mustard seed, parmesan cheese, cinnamon and cedar. Delicious wine. Enjoy!
From Bodegas Balbás, Ardal Crianza 2014 is a robust red blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 14 months in American oak barrels. Look for dried fig, blackberry, wild herb, smoky and spicy flavours on the palate. Tannins are velvety. - Community Wine Reviews

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