Also recommended: 2003 Legon Reserva Ribera del Duero (85). (Quality Wines of Spain, New York, NY)

2006 Valtostao Legon Roble Ribera del Duero

($13) Ruby-red. Toasty cherry and plum aromas betray a tarry, bitter chocolate quality. Cherry, blackcurrant and oak spice flavors are youthfully taut, with edgy tannins building through the finish. Will the bitter oak subside with some age?


2006 Valtostao Legon Ribera del Duero

($14) Ruby-red. Primary, slightly reduced cherry and dark berry aromas are joined by raw beef and licorice. A chewy midweight, displaying medicinal cherry and dark berry flavors and a complicating hint of candied licorice. I suspect that this will flesh out and soften with a bit of age, but it's a bit rough today.

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