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ancianoI love the nose on this. The characteristic Tempranillo leather topped by vanilla and cinnamon notes push cherry to the background. Complex with good intensity. The only drawback is the sting of some distracting, sharp alcohol. The palate is austere with cherry, hints of wood, and just the beginning of the sherried, earthy notes of a wine headed toward senescence. It is a good thing to find a wine at that tipping point. There is not quite enough concentration to balance the considerable tart acidity but there is nevertheless enough depth to hold your attention and a supple mouthfeel to savor. Age has softened the tannins but the wine still finishes strong with a bitter herbal flourish. A good everyday food wine.

The Spanish take aging wine seriously. This one has a year in the barrel  and 6 years in the bottle; it’s a great example of how age can add depth to a wine and at a great price.

This needs some  blues with a little age on it. Some of the tightest guitar work this side of B.B., Roy Gaines,” Once I was A Gambler”

Score: 87

Price: $8

Alc: 13%