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2009 Bodegas Teso La Monja Alabaster Toro
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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(200% new oak):  Opaque purple.  Hypnotic aromas of dark fruit preserves, incense, spicecake and smoky oak.  Lush, palate-staining boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavors reach every corner of the palate, with juicy acidity providing lift.  Very rich but impressively vibrant wine with superb finishing thrust and chewy persistence.  Offers a striking balance of power and energy.

95 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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