By Barbara Hay
More and more, wine drinkers are discovering Spain’s stylish mix of the traditional and modern wines of Ribera del Duero, an important wine-producing area in Castilla y Leon in northern Spain.
Ribera Del Duero is one of Spain’s truly legendary wine regions, known for produceing some of the world’s best and most exclusive red wines. Most of which are high-quality red Tempranillo-based wines. Tempranillo wines are delicious wines for transitioning into the fall and winter season.
Finca Feroes “Roble
100% Tempranillo | D.O Ribera Del Duero, Spain | ABV: 13.5%
If you’ve never tried Tempranillo, a good entry-level example is the Finca Feroes “Roble,” a red wine that seamlessly melds fruit and oak-influenced flavors in a cuvée that delights the senses with its engaging aroma, complex flavor spectrum and elegant finish. The winemaker uses 100% sustainable old-world winemaking practices that are free of chemicals. The grapes are grown within a natural reserve in the Duero River Valley that has alluvial, pebbly soil and a continental climate perfect for traditional winemaking
The color is a deep cherry and the aromas and flavors combine elements of berry fruit, herbs, vanilla, coffee, licorice, oak and an earthy-leathery minerality.
The palate is delicate and well structured with rich red and black cherry notes followed by smoky spicy tobacco and hints of wood, vanilla and roasted coffee. Six months aging in American oak, imparts a savory oak flavor profile and the full-bodied tannins makes for a lingering finish.
This wine makes an excellent pairing with red meats, roast beef and smoky barbecue stews, lamb chops with rosemary and garlic or a grilled steak with green beans, buttered potatoes and sauce bearnaise.
Definitely serve this wine in large glass at a serving temperature of 16° – 18°C / 50°- 64°F.
Finca Feroes Rueda
100% Verdejo | Rueda, Spain | ABV: 13%
When it comes to white wine, Verdejo is Spain’s signature white grape. The Rueda region, a patchwork of vineyards on the flat high plains south of Valladolid, produces some of the most amazing Verdejo wines.
Verdejo wines are refreshing and aromatic and sustainably-made Finca Feroes Rueda is a traditional medium-bodied style. Visually, this wine is a vivid wine, a shiny pale yellow with glints of green. The nose offers up fresh intense aromas of fresh citrus, green apple, peach and pineapple.
Expect deliciously fresh and bright acidity with racy, focused flavors of lemon rind, green apple, melon, pineapple, kiwi and pear. It also deliver notes of minerals and a hint of grass.
With its good length and a refreshing finish, this a beautiful white to enjoy with an aperitif or to accompany a seafood. This wine pairs really well with poached proteins, cured meats and pork dishes. With vegetarian dishes and salads, the acidity cuts through and compliments asparagus, tomatoes, olives, and greens with vinaigrette dressing.
The wine is light, dry, fresh and elegant wine with tasty acidity and a delightful finish. It should be served chilled at 9ºC / 48°F. The wine isn’t known for longevity and should be consumed within 3-4 years of bottling.
These wines are truly inexpensive and affordable—please don’t let the price fool you into thinking that these wines aren’t special!