Balbas Barrica 2011

  • A wine with plenty of body, revealing an intense flavour of forest fruits. This is a fresh wine, with a light touch of vanilla, rich with supple tannins, pleasant and well balanced.

    Bodegas Balbas blend 200 years of tradition with modern techniques to illustrate the powerful and elegant characteristics of their terroir.

    Founded in 1777, in La Horra, four generations have been dedicated to the art of producing wines in the Ribera Del Duero that are handcrafted from start to finish. The Estate is renowned for its vibrant Tempranillo-based reds and hallmark savoury tannins. It is a no wonder that they were voted as one of the TOP 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

  • Grape Variety Tempranillo
    Vintage 2011
    Food Pairing Red meats, game and mature cheeses.
    Service 16-18°C
    Alcohol 14% a/v
    Producer Bodegas Balbas
    Winemaking 4 months in American oak barrels
    Region Ribera del Duero
    Ageing Potential Now and for the next 2-3 years

  •  Top 100 Wineries - Wine and Spirits Magazine

    Colour good, nose sweet. Its appeal is immediate, the high-toned sounds of American oak rock music are there, lovely, coconut ice, drink me. The juicy red fruits of sun-drenched tempranillo (just the one grape) are singing the same song. Ripe and lovely.

    This wine took a brief life in barrel (four months) which points to its immediate tastes, more advanced in a drinking decision than crianza. It is good; not robust red but tidy, savoury, quick to show its softness alongside the last bits of grippy oak tannin. Just medium bodied with measured varietal flavours to ease down the throat. Maker established 1777, traditionally grown, reflecting great experience in making modest warm climate drinks.

    Peter Scudamore-Smith, MW June 2014

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