2011 Bodega Balbas “18” Ribera del Duero Crianza

2011 Bodegas Balbas "18" Ribera del Duero Crianza DO Spain  92
14.2%, 750 ml, $15
This blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, both from old vine vineyards on the estate, is nicknamed "18" in honor of the 18 months it spends in French oak barrels. The oak spice is nice and sweet, while the fruit is more restrained and dusty.

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