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La Vicalanda Rioja Tempranillo Reserva 2003

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

The wine shows beautiful, violet tinged ruby color. There are persistent aromas and flavors of blackberry and licorice-typical of the Tempranillo grape-as well as subtle vanilla spice from its aging in oak from Allier. The concentrated, complex body shows great balance and length, giving way to a persistent, flavorful finish.

Critical Acclaim

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Ruby-red. Cherry-vanilla, cola and oak spices on the nose. Smooth, sweet and fleshy, offering lush dark berry and cherry compote flavors and a strong vanilla undertone. Old-school Rioja, showing a lot of sweet, spicy oak that I hope will be integrated with a few more years of bottle age.88(+?) points.

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Bodegas La Vicalanda

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Bodegas La Vicalanda, , Spain
La Vicalanda
Bodegas Bilbaínas specializes in making vintage wines, and is regarded as a leader when it comes to setting wine styles. Some of the winery’s flagships are among the most famed and emblematic wines of the Rioja, foremost of which are Viña Pomal and La Vicalanda.

The La Vicalanda label is made with Tempranillo from 35-year-old vines on one plot of the superb Viña Pomal vineyard. This reserva is a model of the modern Rioja.

Known mainly for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines...

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Known mainly for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albarino and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.