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Fine Wine > Red > Still > Spain > Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the staple grape of Rioja -- in the words of The Oxford Companion to Wine, "the Cabernet Sauvignon of Spain." To create greatness, Tempranillo is nearly always blended, usually with Garnacha (aka Grenache) and/or Carignan. Tempranillo is fast ripening, rather tannic and, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, not that aromatic. It is rarely sold as a stand-alone varietal.


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La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja Spain 2004 750ml
|   WA: 93   |    WS: 94   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of..

Item Price: $33.00
Case Price: $396.00
(12 Units)
1633005


Juan Manuel Burgos Avan Concentracion Ribera del Duero 2010 750ml
|   IWC: 93   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"Youthful violet color. Highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and vanillin oak are complicated by star anise and potpourri. Enters with powerful dark fruit flavors and gains vivacity in the mid-palate, picking up notes of candied raspberry and spicecake. Densely packed but suave,..

Item Price: $35.00
Price: $420.00
(12 Units)
165718


Bodegas Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial Reserva 2009 750ml
|   WS: 95   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"Powerful yet harmonious, this rich red delivers black cherry, licorice, fresh herb, smoke and mineral flavors that mingle seamlessly over firm, well-integrated tannins, while balsamic-tinged acidity drives the flavors through the long, spicy finish."

Item Price: $42.00
Case Price: $504.00
(12 Units)
1633006


Pintia Toro 2008 750ml
|   WA: 95   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"The 2008 Pintia has a fragrant bouquet with scents of dark plum, mulberry and fresh cherry, the new oak neatly folded into the fruit profile. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, silky smooth entry. The tannins here are very fine with dark cherries, a touch of sloe and spices that become..

Item Price: $74.00
Case Price: $888.00
(12 Units)
1634005


Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus Ribera del Duero 2011 750ml
|   WA: 95   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"The 2011 Flor de Pingus demonstrates wonderful purity on the nose, perhaps more feminine and wily than the 2010 with luscious raspberry, blackberry and forest floor notes. The palate is full-bodied with filigree tannins and a little more volume than the 2010. It seems generous and very supple at..

Item Price: $89.00
Case Price: $1,068.00
(12 Units)
1634009


Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild Vega Sicilia Macan Rioja 2009 750ml
|   WA: 93   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"The 2009 Macan has aromas of black rather than red fruit, ripe and intense blackberries with some floral notes developing with time. Dense with licorice and some prune flavors, it is spicy and balsamic as well as tighter and more backward. They told me they don't like green aromas, but they also..

Item Price: $94.00
Case Price: $1,128.00
(12 Units)
1634010


Bodegas y Vinedos Alion Ribera del Duero 2009 750ml


Cellar/Tasting Notes
Bodegas Alion, owned by the legendary Vega Sicilia estate, was founded in 1986. The first vintage to be commercialized was 1991. The winery is located just down the road from Vega Sicilia and the wine is made from 100% tempranillo from 37 hectares that were planted in 1986 as well as some younger..

Item Price: $94.00
Case Price: $1,128.00
(12 Units)
165697


CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2005 1.5L
|   WA: 95   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"The 2005 Imperial Gran Reserva is firing on all cylinders. Smoked cured meats, balsamic notes of beeswax, antique shop and incense define the complex and elegant nose. The medium-bodied palate reveals an impressively powerful wine which manages to feel light on its feet. I needed to swallow a bit..

Item Price: $135.00
Case Price: $810.00
(6 Units)
2634014


Dominio de Atauta Valdegatiles Ribera del Duero 2004 750ml
Item Price: $149.00
165429


Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5 Ano Ribera del Duero 2009 750ml


Cellar/Tasting Notes
Valbuena 5 is mostly produced with the varieties of tempranillo and more merlot than cabernet sauvignon. It has the garnet cherry red colour of its older brother, with orangey undertones, the ethereal expression of its alcohol content and the accent of an excellent oxidative evolution, which is a..

Item Price: $199.00
1634047

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