2002 Finca Las Caraballas Rioja Reserva
Producer: Finca Las Caraballas
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Tempranillo
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2008
($18; 95% tempranillo and 5% graciano) Medium red. Red berries, cherry and herbs on the nose, with subtle floral and mineral qualities adding complexity. Red fruit flavors are sweetened by vanilla and given bite by dusty tannins. Shows the lightness of the vintage but this is clean and precise, with good finishing lift and cut. Just missing some heft and length.
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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