2005 Almansenas "La Huella de Adaras" Almansa, Spain

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92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is an absolutely sensational value from Bodegas Almansenas, located in Almansa. Importer Eric Solomon believes that Almansa is Spain’s greatest location for Garnacha Tintorera, more commonly known as Alicante Bouschet. The 2005 La Huella de Adaras is a blend of 60% Garnacha Tintorera, 30% Monastrell, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an alluring bouquet of mineral, lavender, blueberry, and black raspberry. Super-rich, layered, and well-balanced, it has 1-2 years of aging potential. However, there is no obvious reason to delay gratification. This is what over-delivering is all about." (Feb. 2008) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(60% tintorera, 30% monastrell and 10% cabernet sauvignon) Bright purple. Vibrant, perfumed aromas of black and blue fruits are complemented by a sexy floral element. Supple and sweet, offering jammy boysenberry and blueberry flavors and an exotic spicecake-accented finish that's virtually free of tannins. This saw no oak." (Sept/Oct '07)

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- 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.
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