Some stars of Ribera del Duero

Bertrand and David of Bodega Antidoto in Ribera del Duero, northern Spain

As well as his marathon blind tasting at the Consejo, Ferran went to inspect some particularly interesting producers, and supplies his assessments of Vega Sicilia's latest releases.

During my visit to Ribera I was able to delve into three projects. Two of them, Vivaltus and Bodegas Antídoto, are recent projects seeking a finer Ribera profile, with less extraction and more delicacy. It is worth knowing them.

I was also able to taste the wines of Finca Torremilanos, one of the drivers of Ribera in the 1980s and today magnificently led by Ricardo Peñalba, one of the most restless winemakers of the...