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2002 Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Amancio Rioja
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92(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2005

($132; from a high-altitude vineyard) Bright ruby. Very pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and minerals, further lifted by a floral element. Almost painful in its penetration on the palate, with high-pitched flavors of black fruits, menthol and licorice. This boasts terrific cut and structure, and palate-staining persistence. This rather backward wine went through malolactic fermentation in all new French oak, then was racked into another set of new French barriques for another two years.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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