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| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/8/2015 & rated 93 points: Leather, coffee, savory red fruit, pruney and intense. Very attractive. (506 views)|
| ||Tasted by Watchster on 6/14/2015 & rated 90 points: Not as good as first bottle, but bouquet hasn't changed. (720 views)|
| ||Tasted by DTWOB on 5/21/2015 & rated 92 points: Previous notes apply (989 views)|
| ||Tasted by njgolfer on 5/5/2015 & rated 89 points: Agree with GALEWSKJ. I also drank this over 2 days. Big and fruity, with some minerality and earth. Red fruit and a touch of licorice and perhaps chocolate covered pomegranates. Second day the bottle was still mostly good, but the fruit dulled out a bit. (1136 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rollerball on 4/22/2015 & rated 91 points: Seems to have entered a more balanced and multi-dimensional phase over the last year in which--after a bit of air--minerality and bitter adult flavors share the stage with the ripe fruit. Great time to be drinking these. (1342 views)|
| ||Tasted by galewskj on 3/20/2015 & rated 89 points: Consumed over 2 days, my fourth bottle. Big and fruity, with some minerality and earth. Red fruit and a touch of licorice. Second day the bottle was still mostly good, but instead of having better secondary flavors, it developed a staleness. (1550 views)|
| ||Tasted by SCosgrove on 3/18/2015 & rated 90 points: Nice, fruit forward, not as heavy as I expected, pleasantly so. (1373 views)|
| ||Tasted by cweiner on 2/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Lovely with a fillet last night. (1607 views)|
| ||Tasted by smarquardt on 12/30/2014 & rated 92 points: This wine is drinking perfect right now. Plenty of rich ripe fruit in the nose and silky tannins in the mouth. I am very pleasantly surprised. Happy that I have a few left (1859 views)|
| ||Tasted by All Hail, Florida Hail on 12/11/2014 & rated 89 points: First real venture into Tempranillo. No decant. Strong smell of alcohol on the initial nose but it opened up nicely to include oak, vanilla, and dark strong fruit.|
Dark fruit on the taste. Surprisingly light body for the dark color. Very smooth and easy drink. Taste of fruit on the front end. Long and enjoyable finish, almost spicy with a hint of pepper.
Drank well with the pot roast. (2062 views)
| ||Tasted by Bam_Man on 12/7/2014 & rated 92 points: First one of these since November, 2012. Definitely better than I remember it being last time. Very powerful and attractive aromas of earth, vanilla, ripe dark fruits and spice on the nose. Full-bodied and rich - but surprisingly elegant in weight - this is bursting with luscious plum and boysenberry fruit. Silky in texture and very, very smooth. Not a rough edge anywhere. There's fabulous depth and intensity here along with wonderful balance and such a sense of finesse. The long, lip-smacking finish is loaded with ripe, sweet fruit and notes of oak and spice. The tannins are beautifully integrated. Extremely polished and enjoyable. I am not particularly fond of Tempranillo, but this Ribera del Duero is flat-out gorgeous.|
50+5+12+17+8=92 (2168 views)
| ||Tasted by gschneider on 11/29/2014 & rated 92 points: nicely integrated. good depth (1956 views)|
| ||Tasted by 1961Vintage on 9/27/2014 & rated 92 points: Full of deep red fleshy fruit as you would expect. Still needs some integration time but should improve from here. (2437 views)|
| ||Tasted by slippytoad on 9/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Smooth easy drinking, nice fruit (2450 views)|
| ||Tasted by Vandelaar on 9/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Still good but seems to be losing punch. (2063 views)|
| ||Tasted by VinoRosso on 8/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Opened at a wine dinner at my house. Beautiful color. Nose a bit muted but enjoyed by all. (1926 views)|
| ||Tasted by Castle Peak on 8/13/2014 & rated 85 points: Closed, tight and dry. Muted fruit flavors. (2226 views)|
| ||Tasted by kcsteve on 7/8/2014 & rated 93 points: Dark brickish maroon. Dense visually but not on the palate. Cherry, blackberry, coffee, and licorice. Some minerality and plum on the finish. Very balanced and a great wine. In a sweet spot. (2038 views)|
| ||Tasted by oog on 6/22/2014: Just over the hill. (1901 views)|
| ||Tasted by brooklynJ&O on 6/2/2014 & rated 85 points: kind of syrupy at first. put it in the fridge. 3 days later it was kind of nice. (2155 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rollerball on 6/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Authoritative and a little showy with significant fruit, structure, and alcohol. Excellent but a tad overbearing with country-style (i.e., herb-rubbed) baby-backs and zucchini pasta. (2028 views)|
| ||Tasted by Kentw on 5/11/2014 & rated 88 points: More somber and muted fruits than before. Maybe in a closed or transition stage. Finishes dry and with drying tannins. (2055 views)|
| ||Tasted by galewskj on 4/17/2014 & rated 90 points: I drank a bottle over two nights. Cherry, raspberry, spice and leather. I'm not sure I would call this modern (I think I can taste Spain in there somewhere) but it is a bit fruit-forward. (2058 views)|
| ||Tasted by cstir on 4/11/2014 & rated 90 points: Enjoyable; good flavor and complexity; lasting finish. (1863 views)|
| ||Tasted by John O' on 4/7/2014: Very nice. Took 15 minutes in the glass to open up (1803 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)