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Bodegas Convento de las Claras 2011

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • RP93
  • ST90
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Winemaker Notes

A deep, opaque cherry color, with strong purple hues. The nose has a very high fruit intensity of blackberries, raspberries, blackberries and black licorice, which are combined with roasted and spicy flavors typical of aging in French oak. On the palate, it is very fleshy and dense, very broad. It has balanced acidity, soft tannins and long, fruity and spicy finish. A treat to the palate and the senses... In short, a sip of Ribera del Duero.

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RP 93
The Wine Advocate

Another knock-out offering from a winery founded in 2010, with some vineyards dating back to 1900, the 2011 Las Claras was aged in French oak, most of it new, for eight months prior to bottling. This fabulous bargain over-delivers in every sense. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by abundant notes of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, espresso roast and creme de cassis. This modern-styled Spanish, super-rich, intense red takes ripeness to the limit.

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

(fermented in stainless steel, the transferred to new French oak for malo and eight months of aging): Opaque purple. Seductively perfumed aromas of blackberry and cassis, cured tobacco and minerals, with a mounting vanilla quality. Lively, mineral-accented black and blue fruit flavors are firmed by youthful tannins and given lift by strong peppery spices. The tannins add shape and grip to the impressively long finish. Give this baby of a wine at least another year of bottle age.

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Bodegas Convento de las Claras

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Bodegas Convento de las Claras, , Spain
Bodegas Convento de las Claras
Bodegas Convento Las Claras is located in Curiel de Duero, 3 km from Peñafiel, in the heart of the Ribera del Duero. The building, modest in appearance, hides a cozy and functional winery, ideal for making quality wines and a winery visit.

Our challenge is to produce high quality wines that express the nature and personality of each of our vineyards and represent the greatness of Ribera del Duero. The combination of (clay loam, sandy clay-limestone... View More

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

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