Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 321,110 strong:

Register Today!

Balbás Crianza 2013 Wine Review

Balbás Crianza 2013

Balbás Crianza 2013

Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 4

  Add My Review

Price: $21.95

Drink: 2018-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Balbás

Agent: Tradesa Corp.

Natalie's Score: 91/100

A lovely Crianza aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels. Made from estate-grown old vine Tempranillo. Aromas of black plum, prune, dried fig and earth. Pair with lamb.

Food pairings: osso buco, Tuscan rabbit, meatlover's pizza, roast pork.

Voluptuous Veal Wine

This Balbás Crianza 2013 was reviewed on July 10, 2020 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2016  2011  2011 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

Market S & Icomm10 Add
Dawson & Hwy 11/17 (Landmark Inn)3 Add
See More Edit

Reviews and Ratings

Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Fragrant ripe plum, cherry, leather and oak with soft tannins and good acidity. Leaves a lingering cherry finish. Always great with roast lamb or duck.
Tasted Nov. 2018
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Aromas of black cherry and blackberry, with hints of graphic, leather, and spice with hints of oak. Full bodied with firm tannins that soften nicely with about 45 minutes in the decanter, fruit flavours are ripe and plush, and there are notes of tobacco smoke and leather, with a hint of peppery spice on the finish. This wine was aged 18 months in French and American oak. Enjoy with a grilled steak and mushrooms.
From the Ribera Del Duero wine region, Balbás Crianza 2013 is deep ruby in the glass with violet flecks, and is a full-bodied red wine blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, the wine is fragrant with ripe cherry, earthy florals, vanilla and smoke. On the palate, it is zesty with dark fruit, earthy florals savoury herbs, spice cocoa and vanilla. So much flavour going on here. Great acidity for food, enjoy it with a grilled ribeye steak done rare. - Community Wine Reviews

If you liked the Balbás Crianza 2013, you might also like these wines:

Recipes for Balbás Crianza 2013



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Zuccardi Red Wine
Malbec 2020,
Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, Mendoza ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 321,110 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award