2008 Bodegas Principe de Viana 1423 Reserva Navarra
Producer: Bodegas Principe de Viana
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Tempranillo
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2013
(75% tempranillo, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% garnacha; all new French oak): Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed scents of cherry, boysenberry, vanilla and cola, with a bright floral overtone. Lush, round and supple, offering spicy dark fruit flavors and a hint of bitter cherry. The sweet finish features persistent sweet berry and spicy oak flavors and smooth, even tannins.
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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