2007 Bodegas J C Conde "El Arte de Vivir" Ribera del Duero

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91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 El Arte de Vivir is also 100% Tempranillo sourced from 60- to 80-year-old vines. It was aged for six months in French and American oak. It s more substantial and structured than the Vivir, vivir cuvee with layers of fleshy fruit, excellent concentration, and 1-2 years of aging potential. The finish is lengthy and sweet. Drink this pleasure-bent wine over the next six years. These two wines from Bodegas J.C. Conde are sensational values from Ribera del Duero." (02/09) Produced from older vines and aged for six months in a combination of French and American oak, this wine ramps up the concentration, spice and intensity of flavor. Though the "Arte de Vivir" promises a strong future for short-term cellaring, it's drinking terrifically now - I would not hesitate to crack this open with a juicy grilled burger. (Joe Mankein, K&L Wine Merchants)

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 By: rachel  |  Review Date: 9/20/2009 
Solid and waaayyy better than the overly oaky Valduero crianza IMO. Only downside is it's not that memorable or distinctively Ribera-ey.

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 13