Telmo's Ribera del Duero wines are entirely handmade, biologically grown and matured for 18 months in new French barriques. Although beautifully made, with great finesse and integration, these beg for at least 3 years' cellaring to allow regional perfume, earth, and all the many layers of complexity to really express. Boysenberry, soy, Asian masterstock - all very moody & sophisticated (think Miles Davis in musical terms). Meat, tobacco, drenched dark fruit, anise, full but gentle fruit tannins and some French oak tucked away. The descriptors sound masculine and strong but in Telmo’s hands they become graceful.
Lifted black spiced fruits, dark florals, Asian spices, exotic & beguiling. The palate is at once silky & layered with tapenade, earth, licorice & anise, yet linear & refined. The wine opens up in the second half with the extra age kicking in, before a minerally, structured finish. A relative bargain in Ribera terms & drinks well above it’s price. Highly recommended.