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| ||Tasted by carstenf on 6/30/2015 & rated 95 points: Damn good Alion - had that Temp. style when best. Spice , Dark chocolate , Lavendel in some way and sure toasty oak. That wine demand about 10 years age - thats for sure.|
Very GOOD and last bottle in that vintage. (1533 views)
| ||Tasted by Yagil on 5/6/2015 & rated 93 points: dark opaque red-brown-black|
Intense ripe-fruity-plummy aromas with notes of chocolate, light spices & tobacco
Excellent harmony, soft & round integrated tannins, still a pleasant amount of ripe fruitiness, coated with a thick layer of chocolate, silky mature sensation with subtle notes of spices and delicate wood. Long finish of a great Ribera wine, a full bodied wine that is, still, in great shape and is very much enjoyable. Can further age 5-10 years. (2168 views)
| ||Tasted by Dan Martin on 3/25/2015 & rated 90 points: too young, note the 96 was drinking exceptionally in 12' (2708 views)|
| ||Tasted by sharkarama on 2/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Old fruit - orange peel, spice box - threw a lot of sediment. Still tannic after 11 years. Somehow less than the sum of its parts. (2669 views)|
| ||Tasted by themki on 12/13/2014 & rated 93 points: Great character, tobacco and plum, still young - decant (4444 views)|
| ||Tasted by Yagil on 10/3/2014 & rated 93 points: Yom Kippur eve (my home): double decanting 90 min prior to enjoying|
dark transparent purple
classic & qualitative nose of rich ripe fruit, oak-vanilla, black cherry, mocha-chocolate, spice, cedar, dark cooked herb and some minerality;
powerful, full bodied, soft integrated tannins, smooth, nicely balanced, good acidity level, savoury ripe fruity flavours, medium finish; solid & very enjoyable. very solid. (5211 views)
| ||Tasted by neilemc on 9/27/2014 & rated 93 points: Popped and poured and smells a bit corked, with an undercurrent of prunes and raisins, spice and chocolate. It is a tiny bit oxidized but improves with air and is obviously a blockbuster, with loads of blackberries, plums, cassis, mocha, tobacco foliage, cloves, ample acidity and a long, leathery tannic finish. A mouth-filling monster (if you get good bottle) with plenty of life left. (3804 views)|
| ||Tasted by John from GR on 8/17/2014: Drunk against a half dozen killer Spanish reds. Loads of dark fruit, but a slightly off putting undercurrent that could have been the beginning of oxidation. The cork had crumbled and the wine was decanted through a strainer. I hope the corks in the remaining four bottles are in better condition. This wine deserves to be sworn at its best. Will not rate due to this slight flaw. (4192 views)|
| ||Tasted by HowardNZ on 5/2/2014 & rated 94 points: 2004 Spanish wines at the Magnum Society (Wellington, New Zealand): Colour iredescent purple/red, the deepest colour on the table. Initially, I found the vanilla oak aromas on the nose a little hard to get past. However, with time in the glass the bouquet blossomed into scented dark roses, raspberry, blackberry, crème de cassis, blackberry and liquorice, integrated with the toasty oak. A very sleek entry in the mouth but large scaled with huge structure, depth and power. This is very primary. The oak is present but is well integrated on palate. Flavours of crème de cassis, mocha, dried herbs and bloody meats. Also some iron and minerality, showing real staying power in the mouth, finishes on savoury flavours. Palate well integrated with fruit weight to handle the oak. Rich with elegance, surrounded by classy, palate coating tannins. Quite approachable now but this really needs 10+ years. The overwhelming favourite of the group. Re-tasted two days later, I marked it up to my WOTN. (5948 views)|
| ||Tasted by galewskj on 5/1/2014 & rated 89 points: Distinct green olive initially that mixes into yet ANOTHER very young wine at this tasting. (4023 views)|
| ||Tasted by MSheridan on 4/23/2014: Bought 5yrs ago having really enjoyed it at a restaurant. Based on my previous experience along with the amazing reviews here I had very high hopes which I have to admit were knocked down a little. I was waiting for that first hedonistic sip to make me say "wow" but it never came.|
I was firstly very surprised by the amount of sediment. I recently read that the 2009 vintage has been recalled due to the amount if sediment and judging by this I wasn't surprised. The wine was at lower neck level and upon decantering the was a good 75ml wine remaining containing sediment. I'm surprised I've not read any other comments about this.
Having been opened a couple of hours and decanted a further hour this is still a heavyweight wine. Lots of deep rich berry and mocha flavour which stays with you a very long time. Tannins were still pretty firm and acidity levels are nicely balanced
There was a slight baked plum/prune flavour showing later in the evening and particularly on day 2 but storage conditions may have been a factor
I'll reserve my scoring for now and wait until I open my 2nd bottle but that may not be for some time even though this is now approachable (3486 views)
| ||Tasted by tantotinto on 4/19/2014 & rated 95 points: This is most definitely not the same wine that I last tasted over three years ago. Opaque purple. The nose is incredible. Rich ripe fruit, oak, herb and mineral. Black cherry, mocca, spice and cedar on the palate with a tart note on the long finish. This is a big and powerful wine, very new world. That's as in plush Napa Cab big. Yet it is very nicely balanced, delicious actually. Significant sediment upon decanting, much more than before. The amount of sediment makes me wonder if this bottle is atypical. Tonight's bottle was ready for drinking and did not seem like something that would have benefited from further aging. We opened this for my wife's birthday and she loves it. The score is hers. (3292 views)|
| ||Tasted by WDK on 4/7/2014 & rated 97 points: Like smelling fresh fruit after a cleansing rainstorm. Dark ruby, awesome intense flavors of plum, coffee, berry and mineral. Superbly balanced and long finish. This wine has come a long way. (3522 views)|
| ||Tasted by winepaw on 4/4/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasted during wine dinner with Spanish Tapas and Paella. Big, rich, well integrated, lots of dark fruit, spice, balanced. Compared very favorably with 2004 Pintia, 2003 Vega Sicilia Valbuena and 2005 Muga Gran Enea. Stuctured to continue to age very gracefully. (2241 views)|
| ||Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/27/2014: Deep, primary ruby. Captivating, powerful aromatics that draw you in-cherry liqueur, briary herbs, and (it must be said) a little alcoholic heat. Concentrated, explosive middle weight package full of red fruit, mocha, and fantastic acidity that just bores into your palate and brain. Remarkably, given the forceful, mouth filling impression of the wine, the balance is superb. In short, exciting, kaleidoscopic wine that has incredible depth of fruit. This will last and evolve for decades. How much better could the Vega Sicilia itself be?|
Second night-even stronger chocolate/mocha scents and flavors, but the alcohol now really is uncovered, and there is obvious pruniness. Heady for sure, but now I'm much less certain about its balance for the long run. (2234 views)
| ||Tasted by redknife on 3/22/2014 & rated 95 points: brought to le provencal for our weekly group gathering. Drank next to 91 unico and Alion showed better. not young but not old either. I think it will get better with 2-3 more years of cellaring (2306 views)|
| ||Tasted by LIE-user on 1/10/2014 & rated 94 points: Great cinema. Tobacco, leather and mocha. Very, very dry.|
It just entered it's drinking window, but I expect it to further improve in the next three years and then will stay in perfection for quite some time. Then it probably will be around 95 or 96.
If you like Duero wines, try this if you have the chance. And make sure to give it enough time. After some hours it is a lot softer than in the first two or three hours. (3948 views)
| ||Tasted by IKleinman on 1/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Very smooth. Less fruit than expected. Very dry. Good, but not my favorite. (2924 views)|
| ||Tasted by farinas on 12/20/2013 & rated 95 points: This is an exceptional wine with many more years ahead of it. Beautiful dark almost purple color with some nice amber edges signature of its age. Ravishing nose of perfectly ripened blackberries and a tinge of orange-peel freshness. Full body and rich in fruit flavors with minerality and great extraction and complexity, licorice, and roasted espresso in a backdrop of multi-layered excellent new oak. Well integrated tannins and boasting medium to long memorable fruit and velvety oaky finish. Astonishing 95+ (3259 views)|
| ||Tasted by rplumbo on 12/14/2013 & rated 100 points: Layers upon layers in the nose. Beautifully balanced palate, long finish. As good as wine gets for me. (3209 views)|
| ||Tasted by maxima on 12/1/2013 & rated 94 points: Encore une fois, quel beau vin! Complexe, racé, raffiné et équilibré...un grand vin!|
L`oeil : Assez foncé, un rouge rubis de bonne saturation.
Le Nez : Beau nez sur les cerises noirs, les herbes (tilleul), les épices (anis) et une pointe de fumée.
En bouche, c'est très suave et poli avec un bel équilibre.
Il y a des mures et des bleuets avec de l`anis et un boisé à peine perceptible. Belle acidité avec des tannins encore serrés.
Finale soyeuse, longue et persistante.
EXCELLENT! (3329 views)
| ||Tasted by Drankard on 11/28/2013 & rated 96 points: This is good wine that is going to be great. Their are so many layers to this rich wine that has yet to unfold. Loads of ripped wild berry fruit. Balanced and great structure. Generous tannins that gently coats the mouth. This is rich, opulent, full-bodied but not in a modern style. Hold till 2023+. (2420 views)|
| ||Tasted by maxima on 11/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Quel beau vin!|
Beau nez sur les fruits noirs, les herbes et les épices.
En bouche, c'est fin, suave et hyper bien équilibré. Un beau fruit préci et une belle acidité avec des tannins encore serrés.
Long et persistant.
EXCELLENT! (2317 views)
| ||Tasted by chablis28 on 11/16/2013 & rated 91 points: I don't think this will ever be a wine I love. My score is an attempt to objectively rate the relative quality of this wine, not reflective of my personal love for it. I bought this sometime ago when I knew little about Spanish wine and let the reviews sway me. This is obviously a modern interpetation of what to do with Tempranillo. Unfortunately, it results in a muddled wine trying to break through its oak shroad. The finish is a bit clipped for a, $70 on release, wine. There is some depth trying to break through the oak. Unfortunely, I have 2 of these left. I'll probably ride them out and see if they ever evolve in hopes I'm wrong about my current assessment. Decanted a couple hours before drinking. I'd decant even more next time in hopes of getting the wine to shine through. I think there is some nice fruit buried there. I can't see this ever being a 93pt+ wine for my palate. (2849 views)|
| ||Tasted by Al-Vino on 11/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Ready for business! Great example of how important it is to be patient with great wines. This has really come together nicely over the last 18 months. (2293 views)|
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Tempranillo Varietal character (Appellation America) | TAPAS: Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society
Tempranillo is the premium red wine grape variety from the Rioja and Ribera del Duero region in Spain. Tempranillo's aromas and flavors often combine elements of berryish fruit, herbaceousness, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Being low in acidity and sugar content, it is commonly blended with Carignan (Mazuela), Grenache (Garnacha), Graciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The varietal is at its best in top Riojas, where oak aging is employed to generate increased complexity and harmony. From the best sites, these wines can be remarkably concentrated with great aging potential. New wines from this region are darker, and more robust, with more dynamic primary fruit flavors than traditionally styled examples. These wines seem to reflect the influence of Spain's other key region for Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero. Regardless of style, Riojas tend to be medium bodied wines, with more acid than tannins. These wines generally feature Tempranillo blended with Garancha, Mazuelo, and Graciano. For these wines, there are three quality levels, which will appear on the label. Everyday drinking wines fall under the category of "Crianza", "Reserva" denotes more complex and concentrated wines, and "Gran Reserva" refers to the most intense wines, made only in the best years.
The same labeling scheme applies to wines from Ribera del Duero, which, like Rioja, is dominated by Tempranillo and shares similar blending grapes. Again, Ribera del Duero wines are generally darker and more powerful than the most traditional Riojas. These wines also generally see less oak treatment than Riojas. From Rioja, we like wines from Allende, Marqués de Cáceres, Montecillo, and Cune. In Ribera del Duero, consider Dominio de Pingus, Emilio Moro, Convento San Francisco, and Pesquera.
Pair older-style Rioja with simple meats like chicken, leg of lamb, and pork loin. However, the newer style of Rioja and Ribera del Duero works especially well with bolder meat dishes or an aged Spanish cheese like Manchego or Idiazabal.
Spain Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia
Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net
Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.
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Ribera del Duero El Corazón del Duero - The Heart of Duero (Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Ribera del Duero)