Ribas Negre 2019 · Buy it for £15.60 at Vinissimus
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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

You will frequently have heard or read about various wines that the fruit is in the foreground and the ageing notes are in the background. In Ribas Negre, the fruit is certainly in the foreground but the ageing notes are... way off in the background! It's a primary fragrance as open, honest and fresh as you can ever find. Primary doesn't mean a lack of complexity, there should be no confusion about that, it just describes the first impact; the succession of aromas and sensations would take too long to describe, so we'll try to sum up with a visual image: this wine goes extremely well with a good book.

We usually associate wine with food, but some wines pair up better with reading or, to put it simply, are very good company. Ribas Negre, as well as that fruit intensity, has a homely, cosy feel. Among the fruit aromas (of red fruit, befitting the Mantonegro variety, cherries, redcurrants, fresh but nicely-ripe figs), the floral notes, the woodland hints and the minerality — this one is definitely a mineral wine too, and will remind you every now and again of wines from the Priorat — and nuances of oiliness and leather, there is a dry and pleasantly spicy background hidden away, which brings to mind ancient tomes, old library treasures. It's all a question of sensations and everyone will have their own perceptions, but do keep sniffing: leather, balsamic notes, bakery whiffs, chocolate, countryside plants...

Ribas Negre is very juicy on the palate, with an intense yet fluid entry, balanced, with sweet fruit, refreshing, some extremely pleasant tannins and an almost imperceptible touch of caramel on the finish when very young. Pair it up too with the island's typical cuisine: stuffed aubergines or lamb, mushrooms in the autumn, and if you have the chance to go to Mallorca, make sure you visit this winery: it's in a beautiful location, the family is charming and their wines are very good indeed. Three centuries of history, the oldest winery in Mallorca, what more is there to say.

What does this wine taste like?

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View
Picota cherry red / Bright / Violet glints
Bouquet
Fruit aromas / Fruits of the forest / Red fruit / Mineral notes / Spicy notes / Balsamic notes
Mouth
Powerful / Balanced / Warm / Rounded tannins / Smooth tannins

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Mediterranean cuisine, Stuffed aubergines, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pasta with bolognese sauce, T-bone steak, With a good book

Ratings and awards

201890 PN
PN: Peñín

Customer reviews

4.8/5
14 reviews
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The winery

Bodega Ribas

Bodega Ribas

Bodegas Ribas is considered to be the oldest family winery in Spain. Its origins date back to 1711 and the name of its founder, Pedro Ribas de Cabrera, devoted to working the island’s traditional crops of olives and vines back in the 18th century. Ever since then, generation after generation of the family have continued Pedro's work at Hereus de Ribas, making wine with a commitment to the land, history and heritage. They are currently carrying out research to...

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