WINE OF THE MONTH- September

While trying to decide on a wine to feature as this month comes to a close and the autumn nears its height, I was reminded of a fantastic wine I tasted earlier this year. This is a wine of the much heralded 2004 line of Spanish wines, and is also a wine that has been featured as a Wine Spectator Top 100 wine in previous vintages. In my book, this vintage offers a little bit of extra complexity, and still makes itself widely available at a very reasonable price. It is a wine that screams for food, specifically meat, and could be a nice supplement to anything coming off the grill during this football season!

EMILIO MORO RIBERA DEL DUERO TINTO 2004, 91 POINTS, $25
A complex array of flavors and aromas begins with blackberry, black cherry, red currant, earth and meat on the nose. Full-bodied flavors emerge with dry, fleshy notes of perfumey cherry and dark berries which evolve into notes of oak, mineral, graphite, smoked meats and peppery spice. Hints of purple fruit and mocha lie underneath as the wine finishes with a dry, firm, acidic backbone as mineral, black fruit and meat linger. Lots going on here, and all in great balance.

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