Also recommended: 2004 Crianza Utiel Requena (85). (Vinos & Gourmet, Richmond, CA)

2005 Dominio de la Vega Madurada en Barrica Utiel Requena

($20; 100% bobal) Ruby-red. Ripe cassis and blackberry aromas display a deep, meaty quality and a strong licorice accent. A chewy, solid midweight with sweet dark fruit flavors and muscular tannins adding structure. Finishes with good breadth and persistence; give this some cellar or air time.


NV Dominio de la Vega Arte Mayor Tinto Utiel Requena

($66; 100% bobal and a blend of 2002, 2003 and 2004 wines) Inky ruby. An explosively perfumed dark berry, kirsch and licorice bouquet displays excellent clarity and takes an exotic floral turn with air. Fleshy blackberry and cherry flavors are impressively deep and sweet, with solid tannins adding structure. Becomes more broad-shouldered and powerful with air, finishing with lingering plum and roasted coffee flavors. Serious stuff, and in need of patience.

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