This would qualify as a "geek wine" not because of the varietals - 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Graciano, 6% tempranillo, 4% Merlot, and 5% Syrah (I hope that adds up to 100%), but rather where the wine is from. Honestly, this is the first and only wine I have had from Ribera del Queiles.
The denomination Vino de la Tierra de la Ribera del Queiles is located in the north of Spain. Composed of 16 municipalities, it was created in 2003 at the request of Guelbenzu and covers a strip of 22 kilometers south of the Ebro River, between Navarra, Rioja and Aragon. It receives its name from the river Queiles, a tributary that rises in Mount Moncayo and flows into the Ebro River, in the area of Tudela.
All of this would mean nothing, if the wine, this wine in particular, was not good enough to mention here.
Black cherry with a garnet rim. Intense aromas of very ripe black fruits (blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants) against a backdrop of roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Spicy, balsamic and elegant toasty hints coming through. A suave, warm, round mouthfeel. Black spices, toasty, cocoa and liquorice hints. Good body and structure.
James Suckling 90 Points
A spicy red with lots of green peppercorn and black fruit. Some savory, earthy notes, too. A juicy, medium-bodied palate with firm tannins, showing well-aged, old-world sensibility.