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2012 Artadi Spanish Red "Valdegines"

Winery: Artadi

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Valdegines"

Wine Category: Spanish Red

Grape blend: 100% Tempranillo

Region: Rioja

State or country: Spain

Price: $65

Cases produced: 95

KWG Score: 93.8 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: November 19, 2015

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Tempranillo from Artadi is terrific. It opens with a blackberry bouquet with hints of oak and black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a very tasty mild blackberry with notes of nicely integrated minerality and faint oak. I also detected hints of black cherry in the background. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins stick around for quite some time. This impressive Tempranillo would benefit from a little decanting. I would serve it with a dry-aged well-marbled ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A wine with a well-defined and structured backbone that contains angular shapes which denote power. It presents itself with cautious speech in a submissive way when first entering the mouth, and the strength of its blended tannins and its powerful balance are appreciable in the mid-palate.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Artadi 2012 Valdegines.

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