2006 Quinta Sardonia Ribera del Duero

SKU #1059686 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The deep crimson-colored 2006 Quinta Sardonia gives up an aromatic array of cedar, Asian spices, incense, and blackberry. Savory and supple on the palate, it has enough underlying structure to evolve for 2-3 years and should be at its best from 2012 to 2026.  (6/2010)

K&L Notes

A blend of Tinto Fino (51%), Cabernet Sauvignon (29%), Merlot (6%), Syrah (5%), Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec (2% each) from biodynamically farmed vineyards on the edges of the Ribera de Duero DO. The project is the brainchild of Peter Sisseck (Pingus) and Jerome Bougnaud designed to highlight Tinto Fino alongside international varieties. Bordeaux garagiste Jean-Luc Thunevin had this to say about the wine on his blog: "We drank a fine bottle, at home, which we really enjoyed. This great Spanish wine from Castille y Leon had everything to please: power, but not too much, softness and freshness, length and harmony. Spain can make great wine thanks to their fine terroir, varietals and the new wave of winemakers inspired by the success of Peter Sisseck. And when a bottle available at retail is even better than what I tasted en primeur, then it's pure pleasure!"

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2010 | Send Email
The 2006 Quinta Sardonia is a stunning wine that really displays the lovely fruit that the Ribera del Duero is capable of uncovering. It mixes gorgeous, precise red fruits with an earthy terroir. There's just enough oak to frame this large-scale, broad offering. The fruit is so delicious and precise, the wine feels vibrant and alive on the palate. This wine can pair well with meats or cheeses or be served as an aperitif. It can age for 5 to 15 years easily, yet is eminently drinkable now.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.