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Urban Oak 2004 Roble Red Wine Ribera del Duero

This is one of the lower-end wines of the Bodegas y Viñedos O.Fournier Group, which was founded in 2000. They own estates in Mendoza and Ribera del Duero. According to their website, their main objective is to become “an international group focused high quality wines and produce approximately 1.5 million bottles in different regions: Argentina, Chile, Ribera de Duero, Rioja and Douro (Portugal).” Go get ’em.

The wine retails for about $14. One of the conclusions the WSET asks students to draw is the approximate sale price of the wine. Is it a mass produced wine? Or a super premium, which usually goes along with small production. I think it’d be easy to tell this wine is in the lower price range because it’s not too complicated, but it is pretty good. (Score alert: Parker gave it a 90.)

2004 was a great year all over Spain, following the extreme heat of 2003. So this wine is juicy and ripe. It’s made from tempranillo; the label says tinta del pais, which is what tempranillo is called in Ribera del Duoro. The label says it was aged for three months in French oak, while the website says four. Three, four, what’s the difference.

Tasting note after the jump.

A little cloudy, opaque ruby to the rim.

Clean youthful nose with medium pronounced aromas of blackberry and a medicinal background. There’s oak there, but not in the overt tones of vanilla and smoke.

Dry, medium acid, high alcohol, medium dry tannins with medium pronounced flavors of blackberry, ripe black cherry and … that’s about it. It stops halfway on the palate and has a medium finish.

Now we draw conclusions. I like this wine, it’s juicy, simple and ready to drink. I’d probably guess a younger vintage because the fruit aromas/flavors are still so fresh. The lack of complexity and finish would have me put it in the lower price range. But could I guess the region and grape variety? The high alcohol puts it in a warm climate. Medium tannins rules out big guys like cab and syrah. No white pepper like malbec. Not light enough for grenache. Too much tannin for merlot. But the dried strawberry and leather typical of tempranillo are not here. It’s definitely made in a more modern style that is becoming popular in Ribera del Duero.

Anyway, drink it; it’s good.


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