- Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres 2011 Product #29197 (In Stock)
Surprising that such a young estate (founded 2004) could deliver the best "old school" Ribera del Duero we've tried in years. Classic Ribera Tempranillo aromas of black fruit, spice, espresso, and toasty oak. In the mouth, there's a good dose of ripe black and dried fruit with accents of spicy oak, soy, and roasted meat. The finish is youthfully firm today and the toasty, spicy, oak rides on top of the fruit, but it will sing with roasted meats and stews now and gain more poise over the next year. A Jonas Gustafsson Selection - which explains a lot, we think!
- Bodegas Asenjo & Manso A & M 2006 Product #25792 (In Stock)
A rare “luxury cuvee” that is all about the amazing fruit and not about oaky flash, this is one of the most delicious Tempranillo-based wines I have tasted in years. The fruit is from the heart of the vineyard, all from vines planted by Teofilo Asenjo 80 to 100 years ago. And, while good, the Wine Advocate review undersells the wine by a lot. Intense, complex, aromas of dark fruit, sweet herb, and cardamom spice get deeper and more layered with air. In the mouth intensely focused fruit and roasted meat flavors with accents of licorice and balsamic. Firm, fine, and very long with precise tannin and mouthwatering acidity. Drink it now with roast lamb or standing rib roast or cellar for even more complexity. Amazing stuff.
"The flagship 2006 A & M was sourced from 100 year old vines, was fermented with native yeasts, and went through ML in barrel before spending 15 months in French oak. Deep purple in color, it offers up a liqueur-like nose of blackberry, black cherry, sandalwood, mineral, espresso, and lavender. Full-bodied on the palate with outstanding volume and density, this layered, concentrated effort borders on opulence. It has structured to go the distance and should see its 30th birthday in peak shape. Drink 2010-2035.”Wine Advocate 93+ points