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2005 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2008

($60; 80% tempranillo and 10% each of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Saturated red color. Deep blackberry, cherry preserves and smoked meat on the nose, with suave baking spices and minerals adding interest. Lively red fruits on the palate, with sweet darker berry qualities emerging with air. This unfurled nicely in the glass, taking on exotic spices and a suave floral note. Finishes sweet, precise and impressively long. (Eric Solomon Selections, Charlotte, NC)

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Spain has more acres under vine than any other country and ranks third in production behind Italy and France. Much of this output continues to be hot-country jug wine made to satisfy the everyday thirsts of the domestic and greater European markets
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Tempranillo, arguably the most famous of Spain's native grapes, is a vibrant, aromatic varietal that offers spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors. The grape's name translates to "little early one," a moniker that references fruit's early ripening tendency-- Tempranillo thrives even with a short growing season. The varietal is at its best in...
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