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This region is located within Castilla y Leon and runs along the Duero River. The area concentrates mainly on red wines starring Tinto Fino (a.k.a. Tinto del Pais, a.k.a. Tempranillo). This is customarily blended with indigenous Garnacha and other Spanish-grown French grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot. The only white grape produced is Albillo, which is mostly consumed locally. 

The area has been producing wines for many centuries, since the Roman era. Up until the 1970’s, bodega Vega Sicilia hogged most of the spotlight until the 1980’s when Alejandro Fernandez and his bodega Pesquera gained attention, with others cult favorites like Pingus and Abadia Retuerta soon to follow. Now the region consists of a mix of traditional wine-making to more modern experimentation as well as accessible, quality table wines. 
 
Age classifications: 
 
*Joven (“young”) wine refers to releases with little or no aging in barrel before bottling. 
*Crianzas are aged at least two years with a minimum twelve months in oak. 
*Reservas are aged at least three years with a minimum of twelve months in oak barrels, with two years in bottle before release. 
*Gran Reservas are made in only select vintage years only. They are aged a minimum of five years, with at least two in oak followed by additional bottle aging. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Wine tasting group – Description from rhert

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