The 2010 Creta Roble is a full-bodied overachiever that earned 90 point scores from both Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer (see below), making it a rare bargain for Ribera del Duero, a region famous for producing high priced luxury wines. Fans of hearty Cabernet, rich Spanish reds, or those who just love a great deal will want to grab this one.
This 100% Tempranillo is opaque purple in color and offers up a bouquet of candied fruit, espresso, creamy spices, incense, and assorted black fruits. It is structured on the palate with layers of concentrated fruit and sweet tannins. Picked from a 70 year old vineyard located 2,700 ft. in elevation.
Creta means “chalk” which is an important mineral component found in the top vineyards of the Ribera del Duero.
90 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
It is not easy to find a Ribera del Duero for under $25 a bottle, but this 100% Tempranillo aged four months in both French and American oak (70% and 30% respectively) is a joint venture between importer Eric Solomon and proprietor Isaac Fernandez. From a 70-year-old vineyard, this outstanding red wine offers notes of melted chocolate, black cherry jam, cedarwood, charcoal and damp earth. Rich, dense, supple-textured, fleshy and medium to full-bodied, it should drink well for 4-5 years. As are all of the wines in this report, it is a very impressive value.
90 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Opaque ruby. Ripe blackcurrant and boysenberry on the nose, with bright spice and floral accents. Fleshy and sweet, with supple dark berry preserve and violet pastille flavors, velvety texture and bright mineral lift. Finishes with spicy length, soft tannins and lingering florality. I find this fruit-driven wine approachable right now.