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Fine Wine > 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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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


Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero 2003 750ml
|   WA: 94   |    WS: 94   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"".... As I uncork the bottle, the aroma reminds me of a classical Tempranillo, with some dill notes from the American oak and a minty hint from the Cabernet. It actually makes me think of traditional Rioja, believe it or not. The wine doesn’t show the heat of the vintage, and manages to transmit..

Item Price: $399.00
165709


Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera del Duero 2004 750ml
|   WA: 97   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"Pablo Alvarez described 2004 as a textbook vintage with perfect temperatures and rain just when it was needed. The 2004 has a haunting bouquet of dark brambly black fruit, cassis, honey, a tang of marmalade and bacon fat. It already boasts an intense, burly bouquet that will require years to..

Item Price: $450.00
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