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2007 Vinedos del Contino Rioja Reserva

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2013

Saturated ruby.  Intense aromas of dark berries, cherry pit, minerals and flowers, complicated by a sexy vanilla nuance.  The palate offers sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors that put on weight with air.  Expands nicely in the glass, picking up floral pastille and spicecake qualities that carry through a smooth, gently tannic finish.  Drinks very well now with some decanting, but this wine has the balance to age.   

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