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Bodegas Convento de las Claras 2011

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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  • 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.

Critical Acclaim

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

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.