Balbas is renowned for its vibrant, pleasant and well balanced Tempranillos with body, forest fruit flavours, light touch of vanilla and supple, savory tannins.
It is a TOP 100 Winery of The Wine & Spirits Magazine.
200 years of tradition combined with modern techniques highlight the powerful and elegant characteristics of the terroir which Jancis Robinson called the "Golden Diamond" of Ribera del Duero.
Founded in 1777 the Balbas family have dedicated over 200 years to the art of producing wines in the Ribera Del Duero that are handcrafted from start to finish
This special dozen is perfect for the BBQ season. It contains Barrica 2012 (4 bottles), Barrica 2011 (4 bottles) and Crianza 2010 (4 bottles). At $11.99 per bottle compared to normally $39.33 average price per bottle this is the best way to have quality Spanish Tempranillo this summer.
Clara de la Fuente (shown in photo), wife of Juan José Balbás, played a fundamental role in the transformation of the Bodega Balbas family business.
|Vintage||2010, 2011 & 2012|
|Food Pairing||Red meats, game and mature cheeses.|
|Winemaking||4 months in American oak barrels|
|Region||Ribera del Duero|
|Ageing Potential||Now and for the next 2-3 years|
Barrica 2011 - Peter Scudamore-Smith MW
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.
Crianza 2010 - Matteo D'Agostino Vivino.com
Very good Ribera del Duero. Dark ruby red, intense nose: vanilla, red fruit and dried flowers, a little of balsamic, cloves. In the mouth good acidity that cleans your mouth every sip. 80 points
Barrica 2012 -Epicureo Vivino.com
A happy wine with a brilliant crimson color, and a fresh flower bouquet.
Light body with a mellow and well-balanced palate; showing cranberry, burnt caramel and bay leaves nuances. Chewy tannins with a mellow and crisp acidity. 70 points