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2010 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza

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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2013

(80% tempranillo, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot; aged for 17 months in French oak):  Inky ruby.  Powerful, expansive aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, mocha and smoky minerals.  At once lush and vibrant, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors complicated by cola and floral pastilles.  Supple tannins give shape to the clinging, sharply delineated finish.  This wine's blend of brawn and finesse is really impressive.

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Tempranillo

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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