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2009 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

(80% tempranillo, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot, aged for 17 months in French oak):  Deep ruby.  Ripe, heady aromas of candied plum, blackberry and potpourri.  Rich and fleshy in the mouth, with lively acidity lifting the creamy dark berry and rose pastille flavors.  Shows impressive depth and concentration, finishing with a suave sweetness and gentle, harmonious tannins.

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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