Biberius Ribera del Duero 2012 (£10). A perfect return to wine drinking after an enforced abstinence. Three and a half weeks in Ecuador was the holiday of a lifetime but the choice of wine left a lot to be desired.
There's something very soothing about the chink of 2 Riedel glasses and the echoing ring that tells you wine is back on the agenda. This big, bold 100% Tempranillo (the grape that makes most of Spain's favourite reds) has good smooth tannin, delicious blackberry and baked fruit, hints of vanilla along with juicy acidity, chocolate or mocha notes and a whacking 14% alcohol.
It's a simple but bold, drinkable wine with bags of dark fruit which pairs well with red meat, strong cheese and Friday night. Mr Purple Teeth rated it as "very good" on the first sip & was further impressed when I told him it's price & where I'd bought it. It was equally good on the second night (sealed overnight with a vacu-vin) and I'm sure would have been fine on the third night, but it was never going to last that long at Chateau Purple Teeth.
Available from my friend Jo at Perfect Friday Wine, it's powerful punch is worth seeking out. She delivers locally in the Maidenhead area, and you can order online. It was just a big hit as her Spanish Verdejo which I drank last month.
PS It's lucky that we enjoyed some wine on our return as Mr Purple Teeth was prescribed antibiotics and told not to drink for 9 days shortly after. Luckily he enjoyed 2 great wines before this insult, and I'm trying not to
My name's Heather and I've been enjoying wine for over 20 years. I'm the 2013 winner of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Rhone prize for oustanding students at the advanced level.