2000 Finca Allende "Calvario" Rioja (Previously $80)

SKU #1003313

93 points from Robert Parker! He says: The star of this quartet (available at one-fourth the price of the Aurus) is the 2000 Calvario, an unfiltered blend of 90% Tempranillo, 8% Grenache, and 2% Graciano that spent 14 months in French oak. This terrific 2000 boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a beautiful smoky charcoal, blackberry, and cassis-scented bouquet intermixed with licorice and new saddle leather notes. Ripe and opulent, with tremendous texture as well as purity, this head-turning, flamboyant, provocative Spanish red will provide immense pleasure over the next 7-10 years.

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- 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.