Category Archives: Ribera del Queiles

2003 Guelbenzu Azul Ribera del Queiles

Ruby color with some orange, 39% Tempranillo, 34% Merlot, and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, earthy, medium intensity, lots of cherries, plums, fig, leather, flowery, citrus, loaded with cigar, with moderate oak, and definite earth. On the palate, dry, medium body, good complexity, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, juicy fruit, chalky soil, leather, good depth, good balance, and a solid spice and plum finish. Few bottles left of this, I will drink them all if I have to. Purchase this Wine!

2003 Guelbenzu Azul Ribera del Queiles

The 03 Vintage was a hot one all over Spain, so this probably shows a little more ripe than most in recent history.
Dark ruby color of medium intensity.
On the nose, imagine smelling plums and cherries stewed in a leather pot, throw in some minty, oaky, dusty and dirty earth, pipe tobacco, and a medicinal candy quality and you’ve got this wine.
I love Spanish wine and the balanced approach that as a whole their wines have. Perhaps this is because I grew up on two dimensional new world wines, but I get sucked in by the layers of complexity at a modest price.
On the palate, dry, earthy cherry leather tobacco, the oak starts showing through with a milky, dairy element. Med tannin, med acidity, and med+ finish. Drinking pretty well for a $15 bottle of vino.