2013 Ribera del Duero Tinto "Viña Sastre" (Sastre, Bodegas)
Bodegas Sastre, "Viña Sastre" Tinto, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2013PLUM & BLACK RASPBERRY, FIRMLY STRUCTURED, SANDALWOOD WHISPERS Jesús Sastre crafts intensely perfumed, impressively structured Tempranillo utilizing biodynamic practices in the vineyard and minimal intervention (but far from minimal effort) in the cave. This gloriously dark, dense, and yet lively red is an ambassador stands as a superlative testament to his tactics as well as an apt ambassador for the assertiveness and balance to be found in Ribera del Duero, an undersung capital of viticultural might. Yes, this beauty dates back to 2013, but there’s no sign of slowing down. Enjoy now or put a few bottles back for another half-decade. Yum! Serving Suggestion: Reverse-seared, roasted boar shoulder w/ plum/pomegranate gastrique & panfried asparagus w/ shallots & garlic. Sweet potato & black bean burrito w/ savory mole sauce.