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A Tempranillo from the Toro region of Spain that got very high marks from the pro’s. My take- very beautiful purple hues in the glass. The nose offered up plums and jam. On the palate, very rich and tannic. Initially sweet, this component subsided after 30 minutes. Blueberries, plums and coffee were the primary flavors. A biting tannic component made my gums dry out. Heavy lashings of oak are evident, but not overbearing. In Spain, the Crianza level of wine requires 6 months minimum in oak and 2 years of aging before release. I think the 6 months was plenty, any more would be over-kill. This is a serious wine, but just not my favorite. For $40, there are others I prefer. Like I said, the pro’s raved about it with anywhere from 91-94 points. I think it’s a 90 pointer and only 3 stars. Salut….

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