2001 Montebaco "Pago Senda Misa" Crianza Ribera del Duero (Previously $30)

SKU #1068688

2001 was a terrific vintage in Ribera del Duero, one of the top 3 or 4 in the past quarter century.  Produced from one of the highest elevation vineyards (850 meters) in the D.O., this crianza bottling shows beautiful ripe mixed berry and plum fruit aromas, which also show hints of hickory smoke.  Flavors suggest a combination of sweet dark fruits and savory herbs, and show off the iron like minerality which the best of these wines so often develop with age.  There is some distinctive, earthy, cumin like spiciness as well.  Clearly, given the fruit intensity and texture in the mouth, this wine is the product of excellent raw material grown in a successful vintage.  Given its richness, the acidity is very nicely balanced with the fruit and tannins in this decade old bottle. There is arguably no better wine in the world for grilled lamb than Ribera del Dueros such as this one. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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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 Penčdes 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