The 2017 Bela Ribera del Duero was made from grapes harvested in the estate vineyard. The Tempranillo grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for six months in barrels of American and French oak. Some of the casks were new, some were one year old. Alcohol hits 14% abv and the retail price is an enjoyable $18.
This Tempranillo is dark and savory on the nose. Black fruit meets tar over a cup of coffee. The palate is fruit-forward, with a healthy dose of earth, licorice and spice. The tannins are firm, but it's still an enjoyable sipper. The mouthfeel is full, even lush, and the acidity makes for a wine which will pair well with meat dishes, especially heartier autumn meals. My wife used it in a delicious tomato sauce she made, and it brought a deep, earthy facet to it.