Viñedos y Bodegas Garcia Figuero, Ribera del Duero Crianza (Spain) Tempranillo “Tinto Figuero 12” 2017

($31, Quintessential Wines):  It always amazes me, though it shouldn’t, how different Tempranillo is when planted in Ribera del Duero compared to Rioja.  This one conveys a splendid mixture of black fruit and tarry minerality.  Moderate tannins and good acidity lend support to this muscular, but not overdone, wine.  A hint of bitterness in the finish reminds you that this is a serious wine for hearty wintertime fare.
93 Michael Apstein Jan 18, 2022