2006 Quinta Sardonia Ribera del Duero
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.
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!"