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2006 Vinedos del Contino Rioja Reserva

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2011

(a blend of tempranillo, graciano and mazuelo):  Saturated ruby.  Complex, smoky scents of red- and blackcurrant, dried cherry, tobacco and rose, with subtle vanilla and spice notes in the background.  A fleshy, seamless midweight that offers sweet red and dark berry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by tangy minerality.  Finishes with very good thrust and clarity, repeating the cherry note.  Drink this well before the 2005 version.  

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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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