2003 Figuero "Noble" Ribero del Duero

SKU #1259512 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is an impressive lineup from Garcia Figuero. Each of the wines is 100% Tempranillo from estate vineyards but differ in terms of oak treatment and vineyard selection. The grand finale is the 2003 Figuera Noble. The grapes for this superb effort are from estate vineyards over 70 years of age. The wine was aged in new barrels for 21 months, the first 15 in American oak, and the last 6 months in French Allier and Troncais oak. The wine is purple in color with a nose of toasty oak and candied black fruits with a touch of minerality. On the palate it is layered and rich with chocolate added to the mix of still primary sweet blue and black berries. The ripe tannins are well covered but the structure is there for another 6-8 years of evolution. (JM)  (2/2007)

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- 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.


- 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.

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