I opened a bottle of wine from my cellar — rack under the stairs — that I had been eyeing up for some time. Senda de los Olivos was given to me by a girlfriend for some obscure birthday. It’s a Ribera del Duero 2006, 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) picked in October and placed in French Oak barrels for 12 months. I was not sure what to expect but it had an intense dark cherry colour and on the nose it was spicy with black pepper, nutmeg and wild berries. It had hints of herbs and floral touches.


On the tongue it confirmed its floral and fruity finish and tasted surprisingly young even though it is 12 years old. I was happy to have drunk it but now wish I had a few more bottles as I do believe that it will still be drinking over the next few years.

It is from an old establish bodega, Iñaki Nunez in the Valladolid

There appears to be a shortage at the moment and if found could cost around 25€