2014 Convento Oreja Ribera del Duero Crianza

Year: 2014
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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100% Tempranillo

"I keep being impressed by the wine I taste from Convento Oreja, in this occasion the 2014 Crianza, a very honest and fairly-priced Ribera del Duero, pure Tempranillo (Tinta del País) from 16-year-old vines fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in new French barriques for one year, during which time the wine was racked twice. There is very nice ripeness and integrated oak, and the wine transmits a sensation of harmony and balance, with nuances and some incipient complexity. The palate is also quite balanced and elegant, with some oak flavors, but nothing compared with what you can find in many wines from the region. It's supple and quite tasty. A superb crianza, with subtlety and power. Very good value too. 21,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2016." (WA)

"Based all on Tempranillo, the 2014 Crianza offers a touch of earthiness as well as ample black fruits (black cherries, currants), spice, and vanilla oak. It’s medium to full-bodied, has ripe, silky tannins, ample fruit, and a great finish as well as plenty of character. It’s a thrilling, incredibly satisfying Ribera del Duero to enjoy over the coming decade." (JD)

"Earthy berry and raw oak aromas are more powerful than elegant. A saturated palate with palpable thickness is hard to cut through. Deep but compact cassis and blackberry flavors are hard around the edges, while this fades quickly on the finish for something so big and dark. -Michael Schachner" (WE)

Winery Notes:,/u>
Bright cherry color. On the nose you will find plenty of fruit aromas, well balanced as well as some reminiscences of spices that are appreciable. The oak presence gives elegant hints of black chocolate and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is very smooth and well balanced with the right amount of acidity. Fresh, long lasting and elegant.