Cruz de Alba, Tempranillo, Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2008

IMG_20130905_211429APPEARANCE:

Inky purple, paper thin clear rim, noticeable legs.

AROMAS:

Bold aromas of candied violet, black berry jam on burnt toast, orange zest, equal parts French and American oak lend a cigar and coconut face off.

PALATE:

Dry and dusty, citric acidity, muscular tannins, and present alcohol lead to a medium body.

FLAVORS:

Intensely strong ripe and pruned cherries lead to a woody cedar yet orange peel finish. Medium plus length.

JUDGEMENT:

Can drink now will age for 5 more years.  Needs salty, savory dishes with some protein or Manchego cheese to calm the tannins.  Edgy stuff, very good quality (4 of 5).

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