2004 Tinto Figuero Crianza

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She says: This deserved the official stamp of the Ribera del Dureo… to me this is the Corazón (heart) of the Duero.

He says: Is it a lot of money? Yes (for some). However, if you’re going to the Okanagan and buying 2-3 year old red wines for $30-40 (or paying more while dining out), do yourself a favor and try something with age, sophistication, and grace, for exactly the same price.

2004 Montebaco Crianza

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She says: Big, bold and in your face but with sweet fruit and vanilla to soften the blow.

He says: I’d only prefer this wine if I was ordering a big, juicy steak with a side of roast beef – hold the veggies.

2004 Resalte Crianza

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He says: Not recommended unless you’re sitting at a Victoria Secret lingerie viewing and need to control your drool.

She says: I almost had to snort the wine initially to get any aromas from it. Lacked the complexity and excitement of the other two wines.

Had a glass: 2007 Arrocal Tempranillo

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He says: Absolutely loved it.

She says: This is just a hint of what Ribero Del Duero has to offer.

Wine truths

“A hard drinker, being at the table, was offered grapes for dessert. 'Thank you,' said he, pushing the dish away from him, 'but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.'”
by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.