Bodegas Briego 2009 Crianza, Ribera del Duero

Posted by Keith Wallace

Bodegas Briego is an obscure winery from one of the greatest wine regions in the world, the Ribera del Duero. The winery was founded in the nineties by three brothers from the nearby town of Fompedraza. The vineyards are far from the Duero river and the “Golden Mile,” where the most famous wineries are located: Vega Sicilia, Abadia Retuerta, and Pingus, to name a few.

The winery was mentioned once by Wine Spectator a long time ago. And nothing since. This is one of those great unknown wineries and one that you should get to know. Their wines are provocative and iconoclastic.

The grapes are sourced from some of their original vines planted in 1999. The wine is aged in older French and American oak barrels for 14 months.

This ruby-red wine is perfumed with aromas of currant and lush red fruit.  Flavors of fresh cherry and raspberries are layered into espresso and savory reductive notes. A scent of garrigue on the finish elevates into a smokey sage.  This is a beautiful wine with great elegance despite its sinewy strength. Highly recommended.

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