2006 Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalon Claraval Seleccion Especial Calatayud

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92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 08: "Deep, bright ruby-red. Sexy raspberry and blackberry preserve aromas are complicated by Asian spices, smoky minerals and fresh flowers. Suave and velvety, with deep, sweet flavors of red and dark berries, cherry-cola and candied rose. Supple tannins supply shape and gentle back-end grip. A very appealing wine: it would be no crime to drink this now." 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Claraval was sourced from higher elevation vineyards. Opaque purple-colored, the wine coats the glass. It gives up an alluring aromatic array of wood smoke, mineral, scorched earth, black cherry, black raspberry, and violets. This leads to a medium to full-bodied, layered wine with loads of sweet, spicy dark fruit flavors, ripe tannin, good balance, and a long, pure finish. Give it 2-3 years to blossom and drink it through 2020." (02/08) This is delicious wine from Calatayud's best cooperative. If you have enjoyed the Viņa Alarba, then you may be interested to know that the same co-op makes this more serious, oak aged wine. It has terrific red fruited freshness, as well as a sense of restraint and elegance for a garnacha based wine from this rugged, land locked region.

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/26/2011  | Send Email
This was an intriguing surprise. A slightly off the wall blend of grenache, tempranillo, cabernet and syrah. The wine still maintains focus and has a multitude of complexities that transcend its humble price. Notes of cherry, currants, balsa wood, cigar box and allspice, this delivers the goods.

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 4/26/2012 
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This was a tale of two bottles. The first must have suffered from a bad cork, had a strong musty smell and an offensive taste. It was tossed. Several days later, the second bottle was opened and this one was more like the reviews provided by Mabry, Parker & Tanzer. Although it didn't exhibit the red fruited freshness described, it did have a pleasant berry flavor and nice balance. It may not be a wine to store for long if their corks are truly at issue. A much later tasting (4/24/2012) found this to be an outstanding wine that appears to have aged wonderfully in the bottle. Of course, now it is difficult to locate, but worth pursuing.

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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.