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2005 Bodegas Arrocal Maximo Ribera del Duero
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2009

($115) Glass-staining ruby. A complex bouquet displays scents of black and blue fruits, soy sauce and candied violet, along with a suave mineral underpinning. Very rich but improbably graceful, with deep blackberry and boysenberry flavors, supple texture and impressive back-end lift. Gains weight with air but maintains a lithe, spicy character than lingers impressively on the finish. This is sexy enough to drink now but is also built to age. (Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA)

91 Points | Wine Spectator
93+ 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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