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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Tempranillo PTP 13

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 6, 2009.

Just the notes this time.

See the blog post for more details.

2006 Milcampos Ribera del Duero 13.5% $15

At first fresh and fruity on the nose with a touch of smoky black spice then growing floral tones take the lead and are lifted by a touch of volatility. Soft on the attack, with a rich, extracted matte feel that is dominated by biter tannins. The acidity is good here and the fruit does hold some interest with it’s unsweetened black raspberry reduction tones that gain a touch of floral and cocoa on the short finish but this is ultimately chunky and rustic. 83pts

2007 Ardales Tierra de Castilla 14% $12

Slightly candied on the nose with notes of sweet fruit and candied melon rind lifted by a touch of heat that accentuating the oaky notes. Soft in the mouth yet with adequate acidity that supports sour fruit flavors accented by subtle tones of minty herbs, earth, and green olive. This seems a touch dull, could use a bit more oomph and depth, but it does finish strongly with sweetening fruit and good earthy length 85pts

2006 Monte Negro Ribera del Duero 13.5% $20

Fruity and a bit woody on the nose, with milky tones of American oak that are fleeting as the nose closes up to reveal some crushed rock, floral and licorice tones. , This has a very balanced mouthfeel that is refreshing with solid acidity and nice, soft tannins in a mouthwatering style. The fruit is pure and with good depth if a bit hidden at the moment though notes of black cherry/ plum candy poke out at times. Not complex but appealing for it’s directness with lovely fruit tannins on the short finish. This needs a year or two to relax and reveal itself. 88pts

Flight 2

2006 C3 Tempranillo Santa Barbera County 14.9% $18

Spicy and sweet smelling with notes of ginger, apricot and sassafras dominating at first then gaining complexity with hints of raw beef and vanilla accenting the cranberry fruit. This gains a rather distinctive note of mace and allspice berries with further airing. A bit flat on the attack but this is followed up by zesty, red apple acids, and lots of herbal and spicy background notes that are well knit into the plush texture The tannins are soft and add to the juicy appeal of the fruit which offers some tangerine and anonymous, dark red tones. Finishes cleanly with a touch of heat but not much complexity. 88pts

2005 Coral Mustang Tempranillo Vista Creek Vineyards Paso Robles 14.5% $15

This smells a touch sweet at first then very fruity and very Tempranillo-like with a nice sandy, dusty soil tone and a broad array of herbal, tobacco and floral background aromatics. There is a touch of VA here and it is a bit dirty, but in a good way making this penetrating and complex. A little sweet on entry but nice acidity and well judged tannins quickly bring this into focus with bright fruit that features red raspberry fruit enlivened by dry, dusty earth tones, and spicy orange ring/herbal notes and even a touch of green chili lurking This is very fresh and fruity yet a slight astringency offers cut but is not enough to become bitter. The nice cleansing finish shows a touch of vanilla and floral perfumes that recall dried roses. A very solid offering. 91pts

2004 Casajus Ribera del Duero Vendimia Seleccionada 14.5% $20

This starts off deep and a touch stinky with saddle leather, black earth, forest floor and noticeable licorice and blackberry fruit then closes up in the glass revealing a minty top note and a deep underlay of clay. There is big black raspberry fruit right up front followed by a well-integrated, balanced mouthfeel that features pure dark, hard candy fruit well framed by moderate tannins and good acidity. The tannins build across the palate with some tar, leather and licorice leading into the ever so slightly herb and vanilla tinged, finish that is stopped short by the building tannins. Impressive stuff 90pts.

flight 3

2004 Casajus Ribera del Duero 14.5% $18
Dark and damp smelling with earthy coffee bean notes, minerally., meaty tones and lots of scrub brush and slightly gamey tones. This smells a little angry and black shale minerally. Weighty on entry with a tight palate packed with dark unsweetened/roasted strawberry that is backed up with considerable dry extract and a big tannic punch. This is dense and chewy and a touch rustic yet with great depth, sinewy and muscular. The acidity is bright yet in balance and the tannins are juicy fruit tannins with almost no astringency allowing the licorice and cocoa to reverberate on the long finish. A remarkable value! 92pts

2004 Ochoa Navarra Crianza 13% $12

Offering a really nice nose with earth, forest floor, leather, and beef notes edged with very well integrated milky wood tones. Smooth and silky on entry with lots of bright acids and soft tannins supporting rich, juicy fruit with intense dark raspberry/blueberry fruit and a lovely bitter edge keeping it tense in the mouth. This gains a bit of a citrussy/burnt orange rind top note, which leads to a cleansing finish with sweet/sour blueberry note that recalls a fruit smoothie. Finishes a bit short. 87pts

2004 Truchard Tempranillo Carneros Napa Valley 14.1% $25

Earthy and tight on the nose with a bit of French oak adding sweetness to the mineral and dried cherry/strawberry tones that have a slight leathery edge. The sweet fruit on entry is met with a great acidic cut that leaves this opulent and almost voluptuous with rich tannins embedded in plush fruit. It’s a bit tight but with a top note of milk chocolate and lovely herbal nuances to the rather precise tobacco tinged, dark berry fruit. A touch of dry wood tannin reveals itself across the palate but there is plenty of fruit to balance it and the finish continues the theme though it is a touch hot. 90pts

flight 4

2000 Miguel Merino Rioja Reserva 13,5% $40

Full and deep on the nose with roast peach, wood spice, leather, game, white truffle and white chocolate tones then with air this gains notes of saw dust, old books, cocoa powder, sweet red licorice, cherry pie, vanilla, beefy, lovely complex and balanced nose. The entry is rich and soft with bright acid driven fruit flavors, layered and juicy with a balsamic edge and dried bark, tea and rosehip notes to the bright cranberry/cherry fruit. Classic interplay of red fruit and vanilla in the mouth, lovely mid weight wine with a really elegant feel and a haunting sweetness to the fruit, finishes with sour cherry, vanilla and café-au-lait tones in balance and with good, bright length. A wonderful wine that is drinking perfectly today. 92pts

2004 Heras Cordon Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 13% $27

This nose is completely enthralling with full funky monkey notes of preserved meats and pork fat with a core spicy, black berry liquor and a hints of minty barnyard, white pepper, mineral and dried bay leaf. Very polished and bright on entry with an initial sweetness that is followed by bright acids and very soft tannins This is noticeably gamy in the mouth with cranberry/juniper/lingonberry fruits that are accented by the minor but mouthgrabbing tannins The long, succulent finish shows a bit of vanilla and RC cola like spice on the finale accenting the slightly astringent red fruits. 91pts

2005 C3 Crazy Eights California 14.9% $38

Lightly jammy cherries on the nose but nor overtly sweet with fine mineral notes, licorice, asphalt, vanilla and an earthy potato/root vegetable tone. This opens with lots of exotic tea notes that seem a little sweet then intense acidity balances out the deep, dark ripe cherry fruit. While mouthfilling this retains a fairly light texture with intense, bright cherry and watermelon flavors. This is really well balanced and while it’s sort of a fruit bomb it lacks the overt sweetness that would make it vulgar. It’s a whole hell of a lot of wine with a vibrant wild cherry finish that finishes with impressive length while remaining juicy with herb and spice tones, a little plummy leafiness. Pretty impressive if a touch hot. 91pts


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