Portia Crianza Ribera Del Duero
So many people, so many different choices in wine. Then we are not just talking about preference for a particular wine country, region or variety. The flavour profile of each wine is also crucial. When it comes to Spanish wine, there are several options available. Indeed, the flavour largely depends on the ageing time the wine received on barrique. The person who keeps a close eye on the process of wood maturation at Portia is Raúl Quemada, the winemaker in charge since 2004. He himself grew up in Rioja, that other famous wine region. There are many similarities between the two regions, such as the mention of wood ageing on the label. These are the terms Roble, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. A Roble receives little or no wood maturation and remains fruity in flavour. With a Reserva and Gran Reserva, this goes in a completely different direction. The flavour profile of these wines is clearly influenced by prolonged ageing in oak. Here, more secondary and tertiary aromas can be tasted in the wine.
WINELIFE chose the Portia Crianza Ribera del Duoro for the Plus Package. This form sits between the Roble and the Reserva in terms of wood ageing. This wine received a 6-month wood maturation and 18-month bottle maturation. In this wine, you taste the black fruit, with a drop of espresso and spiciness. The wine itself is round and slightly creamy from the wood ageing. Drink it with a piece of lamb from the oven or stuffed portobello.
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