Steven Spurrier's top wines to put in the cellar
Wines of Spain held a tasting to showcase the 110 wines that had won awards in wine competitions this year. Here are some of the reds I’d suggest cellaring. Bodegas Ponce, Manchuela 2010: from the Bobal grape, black cherry red, rich, earthy fruit with refreshing acidity and tannins, great vineyard expression (14.5% alcohol, drink 2013–2016, £18 from Roberson); Miguel Torres, Salmos, Priorat 2010: a Garnarcha-Cariñena-Syrah blend, very elegant for Priorat and oak wellblended in (14.5%, 2013–2018, £16.99 Waitrose); O Fournier, Spiga, Ribera del Duero 2008: dense in colour, concentrated black fruits and richly smooth with tannins to keep it, a great expression of Tempranillo, (13.5%, 2013–2018, £23 Waitrose); Bodegas del Medeivo, Tuerce Botas Crianza, Rioja 2009: from the Graciano grape, clear and fresh with beautiful precision and persistence, a complete contrast to the Tempranillo style (13.5%, 2013–2016, £14.95 Burridges); CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva, Rioja 1999: a Tempranillo-Graciano-Mazuelo blend, mature colour with soft red fruits, warmth, depth and real class (13%, 2013–2018, £26.99 Majestic).
Taken from the January 2013 issue of Decanter magazine
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