Pago de los Capelanes Crianza 2007 DO Ribera del Duero
Tasted on February 2011
Appearance - clear, deep ruby intensity with a paler garnet rim and showing a small amount of tears.
Nose - clean with medium plus intensity developing, showing aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and some pungent liquorice spice.
Palate - dry, with medium plus acidity, medium tannin level, rounded. Medium alcohol level well integrated in it's medium body. It has a medium plus flavour intensity once again giving way to a well defined black cherry character with a punchy spice support. It has a long length revealing a hint of sourness and the oak influence.
Conclusions (15/20) - Good quality, mid-priced wine ready to drink but shows some space for improvement. It is clearly a wine for food, which I can see paired with a red meat dish with a sweet seasoning. Beware, if you are put off by sour cherry this isn't the best choice.