2006 Elias Mora by Bodegas Y Vinedos Dos Victorias Toro, Spain

SKU #1038955

90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Elias Mora was aged for 6 months in American oak and bottled without filtration. Deep crimson-colored, it has an attractive nose of cedar, spice box, mineral, and blackberry. Supple-textured, forward, and richly flavored, this lengthy wine can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years." (Feb. 2008) 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Spicy cherry on the nose, with a deeper printer's ink quality. Youthfully taut red and dark fruit flavors are framed by solid tannins but deliver a sweet impression. Finishes with brisk, lingering cherry and anise. I really like the clarity here. (Sept. '07)

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Varietal:

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.