2004 Finca Villacreces Crianza Ribera del Duero
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Tinto is 86% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Merlot fermented in barrel and aged in French oak for 16 months. Inky purple, it has an expressive bouquet of mocha/espresso, pain grille, graphite, wild blueberrys, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, full-flavored, plush wine with layers of spicy black fruits, impeccable balance, and a long, pure finish. The tannins are well concealed but this superb effort should evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2027.
With 14% Cabernet and Merlot added to prime Tempranillo, this wine jabs early with toasty oak, forest floor and roasted berry aromas, and then follows it up with full-bodied blackberry fruit accented by tobacco, leather and warm earth. It has body but also a firm, acidic core; and the tannins are totally manageable. Already drinking well but will improve over the next two to five years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of incense- and vanilla-accented cherry and candied plum, with complicating notes of roasted coffee and dried violet. Dense on the palate, with concentrated cherry and dark berry flavors complicated by chewing tobacco, coffee candy and subtle black pepper. Finishes with solid but not exaggerated tannins and a lingering sweetness.