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2006 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

(75% tempranillo, 15% mazuelo and 10% garnacha, raised in a combination of small American and French oak barrels):  Ruby-red.  Smoky aromas and flavors of candied cherry, blackberry and vanilla, with a slow-building coconut accent.  Quite lush, with a seamless character and no obvious tannins.  Weighty and smooth in texture, with strong finishing power and lingering oak spices.  The bodega began doing the malolactic fermentation in barrel for their Reserva with this vintage and it shows in this wine's creaminess and smoky character.

89 Points | Wine Spectator
88 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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