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