Like most of you, when travelling, I enjoy picking up a bottle or two of wine that I know are not sold here, in our Ontario wine stores. When travelling to unique wine regions, I obviously pick up wines native to that area, but travelling to certain US cities where wine production is next to nonexistent, I take the time to browse shelves for international wines, from regions and varietals I love, but again, cannot buy in my own city. Such was the case with Barco De Piedra 2010, from the Ribera del Duero region in Spain, made 100% from the Tempranillo grape. Truth be told, I knew that as soon as I returned from my trip, I was having a friend over for dinner and based on her palate (Tim Hanni will like that as I paired the wine to the diner and not the dinner) a good Tempranillo would be just the thing needed to fuel our conversation about my latest trip to the United States
On colour, the Barco De Piedra 2010 holds a ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of plum, raspberry, cherry and some spice are noted. On the palate, you’ll be pleased to find well tempered and refined tannins, along with tastes of red berries, plum and spice. This is a complex wine that continues to give as you continue to sip. This wine works well on its own and serves as a fantastic ‘conversation’ wine, as I like to put it.
This wine, unfortunately, is not available in the LCBO, but can be ordered online.
We gave this wine a score of 3.75 out of 5.