An exploration of wine

91. Bodegas Protos, Ribera del Duero Crianza, 1996

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Book 1 Wine 91

€18-20; 13.5%

High clarity, mid-garnet colour, with the first hints of brick at the edge. Toasty, balanced oak over intense, “focused” dark fruit (prune?) aromas – with the occasional perfumed note. Elegant, silky palate with a touch of acidity and tannin which balanced well with fruit flavours. Could do with a bit more body to it to be an excellent wine, but very good nevertheless! Another Banyoles 2002 random, and better than the 1998, drank in Banyoles 2003!

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