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2001 Finca Las Caraballas Amaren Reserva Rioja
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2008

($50; 100% tempranillo) Deep, vivid red. Concentrated cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by cracked pepper, vanilla and cocoa. Pliant black raspberry and cassis flavors are impressively deep and pure, with a sweet candied licorice quality coming up with air. A youthfully juicy Rioja with very good finishing lift and tannic grip. I'd give it at least another five years to lose some of its primary fruit.

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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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