If a typical description of a Ribera Del Duero (RDD) is hot, sexy and intense, then this atypical RDD is a mellow and soulful brother. Let’s say the former is Prince, and the latter is Marvin Gaye. Now, for sure, both of them have the uptown funk, but Marvin is a sensitive, thoughtful kind of fellow. The 2006 PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES Ribera Del Duero Reserva knows how to cut it up on the dancefloor but it prefers to stay on the downlow and keep the fire burning below like a true funk soul brother. When Marvin Gaye released “What’s Going On” in 1971, it showed the world for the first time that an entire album of R&B music could be thoughtful, deep and socially-conscious, while still keeping a funky beat. Common and John Legend’s song “Glory” for the movie Selma can trace its roots all the way back to Marvin. This “Reserva” ruby red wine is aged a little extra long (18 months) in barrel to give it an added level of artistic maturity. Its soul lies in the beautiful expression of ripe cherry, black currant, and mulberry fruit, and the “feel” of its music in the mouth is in the velvety smooth soft tones of the wine’s texture. It finishes vibrant and upbeat yet philosophical, reminding you that it’s good to engage the mind while your legs are dancing. –J.M.
*Never heard of Ribera Del Duero before? Take a look at this prior review for an explanation of why red wines from this Spanish region may be the finest red wines you’ve never tasted.
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