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Vino de la tierra de Castilla 2009, Venta La Ossa, Bodegas Mano a Mano ($22.80, 11465161)
Tempranillo (95%) and Syrah (5%). Spent 12 months in French oak barrels. 14.5% ABV.
Intriguing nose: candied cherry, plum, spice, slate, a green (not unripe) streak, oak. Full-bodied and plush. The fruit could be deeper, especially on the mid-palate, where it leaves a hollow that’s filled by a mildly astringent ashiness. The sneaky tannins reveal themselves only on the pepper and bitter chocolate finish. I was ignorant of what grapes this was made from and would never have guessed Tempranillo. Drinkable is about the best that can be said of it. The ursine label is pretty cool though.

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Written by carswell

February 28, 2013 at 12:59

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