2007 Creta Roble Tempranillo

Year: 2007
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"The 2007 Creta Roble is 100% Tempranillo aged 4-5 months in neutral French and American oak. Purple-colored it exhibits a brooding bouquet of mineral, spice box, violets, and assorted black fruits. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied with exceptional volume for its humble price. Smooth-textured, dense, and savory, this nicely balanced effort may well evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now. It is an outstanding value." (WA)

"($14; from vines ranging from 40 to 60 years old, in the prime La Horra sector) Glass-staining ruby. Spicy dark berry and cherry-vanilla aromas are complemented by anise, tobacco and herbs. Juicy cherry and blackcurrant flavors are pure and nicely focused, with no obvious tannins and a seductively sweet quality. Reminds me a bit of a Pesquera wine. Finishes on a lively bittersweet cherry note, with very good persistence and lingering spice and vanilla notes. (Eric Solomon Selections, Charlotte, NC)" (IWC)


This wine certainly came at an opportune time to my palate, because in the proceeding few days I tried over a dozen red wines selling for $6 to as much at $18 (many from Trader Joes) and not a one was worth a recommendation. That is until I came across this Spanish medium to full-bodied winner from the prestigious Ribera del Duero area of Spain, which also happens to the home of what I consider Spain’s finest wine Vera Sicilia UNICO.

The wine is 100% Tempranillo proudly produced in the richer, more concentrated, often more complex style of the Ribera del Duero than that of the often light to a fault manner of many Rioja wines, especially in the same low price range as this wine. At $10.95, I found it comparable to other Spanish reds selling for at least double its price.

The wine is laden with fresh fruity aromas and tastes of currants, ripe blueberries, cassis and dark cherries with hints of anise and chocolate. Though there is a touch of tannin, it is of the soft kind allowing the wine easy current drink ability and it will keep well for another three to maybe 4 years.

The wine is a joint venture between the prestigious U.S. importer Eric Solomon and the Spanish wine grower Isaac Fernandex. The wine was fermented in large tanks and then aged for several months in older French and American Oak barrels... Adding to its quality is that most of the vines producing the wines are 70 years or older.

RATING: 90 (Compared to other red table wines in the under $11 range it deserves a 94/95).

PRICE: $10.95, ****bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co (310) 306-9463, Marina-del-Rey

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Winery Notes:
CRETA is a partnership between Eric Solomon & Isaac Fernández Montaña. Isaac is one of the team of winemakers working at Mariano Garcia’s family bodega, Mauro, located in Tudela del Duero. Mariano Garcia is perhaps Spain’s greatest winemaker and, with thirty vintages at Vega Sicilia under his belt, he is arguably one of the finest winemakers in the world. Isaac is Mariano’s nephew and great winemaking clearly seems to run in the family.

CRETA is named for the extraordinary chalk soils found in the Ribera del Duero and specifically the vineyard site chosen for this wine.