2004 Bodegas Finca Ardal Ocho Cuerdas Utiel-Requena

Bright red. Dark cherry and licorice on the nose, with pungent baking spice and licorice notes adding complexity. Energetic red berry and cherry flavors are enlivened by zesty minerality, with dusty tannins building on the finish. A crisp, well-focused lightweight, and delicious right now.

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2003 Bodegas Finca Ardal Lagar de Lar Crianza Utiel Requena

(a blend of tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Medium red. Spicy blackberry, cassis and cherry aromas, with suggestions of cured meat, mint and dried flowers. Dried dark berry and cherry flavors are accented by leather and musky earth notes, in an Old World style. Supple tannins add support on the back. Finishes with good length and sweetness.

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