2006 Finca Villacreces Reserva Ribera del Duero

SKU #1096189 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The purple-colored 2006 Tinto is made up of 86% Tempranillo and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 16 months in French oak. The nose displays a brooding aromatic array of Asian spices, damp earth, mineral, blackberry, and violets. Dense and stacked on the palate, the wine is still a bit tightly wound and will benefit from 4-6 years of additional cellaring. Incipiently complex and exceptionally lengthy, it should be at its best from 2025 to 2031. The estate of Villacreces adjoins Vega Sicilia.  (4/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 86% tinto fino, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot) Vivid ruby. Heady aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky minerals, incense and Indian spices. Creamy and sweet, offering sweet raspberry and blueberry flavors and showing no rough edges. A peppery note comes up with air and adds energy to the long, juicy finish. This is drinking well now.  (9/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This sleek red shows cranberry, cherry, tobacco and orange peel notes over firm tannins. Lively and expressive, with a bright floral finish. Drink now through 2014.  (11/2009)

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Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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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Ribera del Duero