2005 Federico Crianza Ribera del Duero

13 November 2011, 100 Jane Street, Manhattan

We needed a wine to sip on after a long day of watching football.  Nard and I ordered Cuban take-out for dinner and opened a bottle of Ribera.  Wooj and Manoj came to watch the night game and helped us finish it:

2005 Federico Crianza Ribero del Duero

Deep purple color and had a decent nose. It smelled like meat/leather to me although there wasn’t strong agreement with the rest of the group.  Despite the color, I found the wine to be very smooth and approachable – did not need decanting to be enjoyable but it did change over time in the glass.

I did a little research on the vineyard and producer and learned the following:

  • Bodegas Federico was founded in 1986 in Pesquero de Duero, Valladolid within Ribera del Duero by Federico Fernandez Perez
  • 100% Tempranillo is grown in the 70 acres (30 hectares) of land which has low rainfall and extreme temperature differentials
  • Federico makes traditional Ribera wines and produces a Roble, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva (based on how long they are aged in oak barrels) – the Crianza is aged for 12 months in oak and several years in bottles before release
  • Recommended with lamb dishes although it went well with the beef and pork dishes we had

Federico vineyard in Ribera

** 2005 Federico Crianza Ribera del Duero, $30