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Tineta 2011

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From the label:  Over the millenia, the Duero River has carved its path to the sea through the high central plateau of Spain leaving behind the rugged valley of alluvial soils. The source of the grapes for Tineta is the El Carril vineyard. With its combination of gravel, sand and clay chalk, this vineyard is one of the most emblematic plots in Ribera Del Duero. This poor soil combined with the harsh continental climate and the high elevation of about 2700 feet produces a grape with extraordinary depth of dark fruit flavors, such as plums and blackberries with a hint of smoke on the finish.Stainless steel fermentaion, aged for 7 months in 3 year old French Oak Barrels, this wine brings together the best of both production worlds. 100% Tempranillo.

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The grapes from this vineyard are used in the 2011 Tineta (100% Tinto Fino). It reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of creme de cassis intermixed with hints of wood smoke and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, juicy, succulent and sensual, it should drink nicely through 2016." 91 Points. Oct 2012  

Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar: 90 Points

Wine Spectator: 90 Points

From the Winery: "Color: Nice and lively ruby red color with light violet reflections. Clean and bright. Nose: Highly intense, clean and fragrant. Its aromas of ripe black fruit (blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrant) are very well integrated with its toasted notes, its spicy hints and its nice mineral touch. Flavor: In the palate, it is a fresh and juicy medium-bodied wine, with a very well integrated acidity and a soft and pleasant tannic sensation. It has a long and persistent finish and delicious smoked aromas are noticed at retro-olfaction. A pleasant red wine with an excellent value for the money."

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