Because of my interest in wines, I have been lucky to have tasted lots of good wine and have met lots of good people in my life. One of them is the owner of Ber ehf., for at leasst 20 years Ber has imported high quality wines from all over Spain. From Ampurdan to Yecla and everthing in between, if the area makes good wine, you can bet that Ber is importing the best of it to Iceland.
Everyone knows and has tasted the wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, but have they tasted the wine of Ribera del Queiles in the Navarra region? Like many wine regions in the world a lot of the lesser known wine regions have great wines that would be much more expensive if it came from a well known area. A good example is Guelbenzu Azul.
Guelbenzu Azul 2017 from Ribera del Queiles is not your typical spanish wine, the grapes used are Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Graciano and Syrah. The wine is stored in american and french oak for 9 months which gives it a strong cocoa, coffee and vanilla smell. The palate has a strong alcohol flavour, branching out to a black cherry, oak and vanilla taste. The aftertaste is long with a good balance of tannins and fruit, which makes this wine great tasting now but still be able to develop for a few years. The price is more than fair at 2.777 kr.