2006 Finca Villacreces Reserva Ribera del Duero
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The purple-colored 2006 Tinto is made up of 86% Tempranillo and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 16 months in French oak. The nose displays a brooding aromatic array of Asian spices, damp earth, mineral, blackberry, and violets. Dense and stacked on the palate, the wine is still a bit tightly wound and will benefit from 4-6 years of additional cellaring. Incipiently complex and exceptionally lengthy, it should be at its best from 2025 to 2031. The estate of Villacreces adjoins Vega Sicilia.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
86% tinto fino, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot) Vivid ruby. Heady aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky minerals, incense and Indian spices. Creamy and sweet, offering sweet raspberry and blueberry flavors and showing no rough edges. A peppery note comes up with air and adds energy to the long, juicy finish. This is drinking well now.
This sleek red shows cranberry, cherry, tobacco and orange peel notes over firm tannins. Lively and expressive, with a bright floral finish. Drink now through 2014.