One of the best values from Ribera del Duero, Bela from CVNE is a 138-year-old Spanish producer that minted the country’s first-ever Wine Spectator Wine of the Year. Joining forces with an historic winery in Villalba de Duero, the goal of Bela was to blend the pedigree and sophistication of Rioja, with Ribera del Duero’s intense power. Job well done as Robert Parker's Wine Advocate calls this the "textbook profile of classical Ribera." It's a little bit of a fruit bomb, with loads of dark cherries, ripe red fruits and a little spice to the nose. Rich and almost full-bodied on the palate with chewy tannins and a juicy, spicy finish.
"Ripe without excess, with very integrated oak and a velvety palate with silky tannins. It reminds me of the historical wines from the early 1990s, Valribeño and so on, with some rusticity but very honest and characterful. With time in the glass, it develops a precise note of licorice intermixed with berry fruit and some spices and herbs. They feel this is the wine they wanted to produce from the beginning; they consider it their best vintage to date irrespective of the style of the year, with 2019 more powerful, 2020 more elegant and this 2021 something in between." The Wine Advocate, 92 Points
"An elegant red, with fine tannins enmeshed with flavors of pureed raspberry and black plum reduction, soft fig, thyme and lavender accents, while a minerally underpinning echoes on the finish. Drink now through 2028." The Wine Spectator, 91 Points