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2010 Bodegas El Nido La Vina de Corteo Jumilla

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2014

(100% syrah, aged for 30 months in new French oak):  Opaque purple.  A complex, flamboyantly perfumed bouquet displays scents of black and blue fruit liqueur, licorice and candied violet, along with a smoky mineral underpinning.  Very rich but graceful as well, offering deeply pitched blackberry and boysenberry flavors, velvety texture and impressive back-end thrust.  Gains weight with air but maintains energy, with smooth tannins coming in late and merging seamlessly with the wine's assertive fruit on the long, perfumed finish.

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