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2009 Bodegas Ateca Armas Old Vines Calatayud
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

(100% garnacha, fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 18 months in new French oak; 15.5% alcohol):  Inky purple.  An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry liqueur, incense and candied violet, with suave Indian spice and vanilla accents.  Broad, palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors are lifted by zesty mineral and oak spice notes, showing impressive depth as well as energy.  Finishes sweet, lush and impressively long, with slow-building tannins and lingering floral notes.

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