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2009 Vinos de Benjamin Romeo La Cueva Del Contador Rioja
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

(100% tempranillo, aged for 18 months in new French oak):  Vivid purple.  Smoky blackcurrant and blueberry on the nose, complicated by suave spice and floral nuances.  Fleshy, broad and sweet, with deep dark berry preserve and violet pastille flavors, velvety texture and bright mineral lift.  Finishes with excellent, sweet persistence, gentle tannins and lingering floral and spice notes.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Spain

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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