2004 Zarus Barrica Ribera del Duero

SKU #1032962

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Barrica was aged for 7 months in French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a touch of smoke and vanilla from the oak treatment as well as blueberry and blackberry. This is followed by a ripe, fruity wine with fine depth and balance and a pure finish. It is an excellent value." (02/07) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Spicy cherry and blackberry aromas are brightened by baking spices and fresh flowers. Suave, silky and sweet, with deep red fruit favors, soft tannins and building sweetness. Finishes clean and persistent. This has terrific immediate appeal." (Jul/Aug '08) From Wine Spectator: "A smooth texture and well-integrated tannins give this red an appealing elegance. Cherry, vanilla and light herbal flavors are bright and lively. Drink now through 2012. 1,000 cases imported." (11/07)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5