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Viña Tarapacá Merlot Casablanca Valley Reserva 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed...95" WA 08/12 "75% tempranillo, 15% garnacha and 5% each of graciano and mazuelo) Bright medium red. Expansive bouquet of musky red and dark berries, medicinal cherry, rose oil and Asian spices. Juicy raspberry and rose pastille flavors are framed by silky tannins and given a boost by zesty minerality. Packs a solid punch but comes off almost weightless. The tannins fade into the sweet fruit on the finish, which is strikingly pure and very persistent. Lovely right now....92" IWC 09/10 "This polished red delivers mature flavors of dried cherry, forest floor, tobacco and vanilla on a graceful frame. Fresh and lively...90" WS 08/10

Editorial Reviews for Viña Tarapacá Merlot Casablanca Valley Reserva

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
12/19/2013

Earthy and funky at first with eggshell and soil notes, this blossoms slowly with raspberry and wild strawberry tones accented with dried citron peel. Light and fresh in the mouth, this shows some nutty oak up front before laying down a pure, crisp mid-palate replete with crystal clear raspberry fruit. This is high acid without being acidic and displays rare elegance and finesse with its soft and rich yet bright mouthfeel. 93pts


Member Reviews for Viña Tarapacá Merlot Casablanca Valley Reserva

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.70 5
12/19/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549176,437
3.00 5
09/06/2009

The nose seems a little advanced but with Plum, beef stock, Caramel, vanilla and a bit of charred wood. On the palate it shows cranberry fruit with rose petals and minerally earth. A medium bodied wine that seems really tight right now with a lot of acidity. It seems to shut down your palate a bit and didn't go very well with the food on this night.


Snooth User: ryanopaz
278311,619
0.00 5
08/08/2007

A bit tired but still nice. Needed about an hour to regain some of it's stuffing. Light, spicy with good background of dark fruits. Hurry up and drink the last one! 3.5/5 [NR]


Snooth User: skimvin
358403301
3.00 5
04/16/2010

Blend is as follows: Tempranillo 80%, Garnacha 15%, Graciano 3% and Mazuelo 2%. Pale in color, easy to drink, hints of strawberry, slightly metallic aftertaste.


Snooth User: Vinfolio
2854093
0.00 5
02/13/2008

A lovely race car cherry red hue. A very elegant and delicate nose replete with raspberry, strawberry and dried cherries is accented with herbs, cedar and pipe tobacco. A very direct, pure and mildly rustic palate that reflects the dried cherry elements from the nose; has a bright and uplifting acidity. The mildest hint of mineral and finessed tannins complete a pretty package. A wine to enjoy with a meal and a grand example of the traditional style of Spanish winemaking.


Snooth User: jaison98
77064681
4.00 5
05/22/2011

Can't beat the price on a 10 year old Rioja!


Snooth User: Jlvan729
86545438
0.00 5
01/29/2013

Gift-$31.00


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External Reviews for Viña Tarapacá Merlot Casablanca Valley Reserva

External Review
01/10/2013

Combine old vines, traditional winemaking and the stunning 2001 season andmdash; then wait nine years. What you end up with is a wine built in four dimensions, the power and density of fruit rounded by time, the graceful hand of the winemaker capturing the season in subtle scents of rose and cherry-skin tannin. Everything about the wine is gentle while remarkably long, set to develop for another nine years or more.


External Review
05/23/2011

Dark red. Penetrating, complex bouquet of red berries, cherry skin, minerals, dried rose, tobacco , cured meat and baking spices. Youthfully taut, but opens slowly to show deep cherry and plum flavors with suggestions of succulent herbs and graphite. This medium-bodied wine broadens on the back, the intensely flavored fruit softening and sweetening. A remarkably elegant, balanced and complex wine that's still very young : I'd give it at least another five years of bottle aging.


External Review
05/23/2011

This polished red delivers mature flavors of dried cherry, forest floor, tobacco and vanilla on a graceful frame. Fresh and lively. Drink now.


External Review
05/23/2011

The 1998 Viña Tondonia Reserva is decidedly more flashy and opulent than the Bosconia in its heady suggestions of macerated cherries, licorice, menthol, tobacco, sweet oak and minerals. It offers wonderful purity and great length in a riper expression of Rioja that is more approachable today and hints at being slightly further along in its evolution than the Bosconia. Anticipated maturity: 2006-?


External Review
09/27/2011

Austere and old-fashioned in style, this wine's color and aroma show some oxidation, while its fruit is lean and light. The flavors are mature and the black tannins have a gentle grip, ready to drink with prime rib.


External Review
11/19/2013

Auge: Purpurrot; Nase: klassische Cabernet-Aromen wie Johannisbeeren, weiche erdige Komponenten und Aromen nach Vanille, Röststoffen und milden exotischen Gewürzen; Gaumen: gut ausbalanciert, angenehme Tiefe


External Review
02/24/2010

Ramon Bilbao Reserva 2001: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, lagerfähig 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2001Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: RiojaWeingut: Ramon BilbaoRebsorte: 90% Tempranillo, je 5% Mazuelo und Garnacha Restzucker: 2 g/LiterRestsäure: 5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.13 Rotwein


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"The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed...95" WA 08/12 "75% tempranillo, 15% garnacha and 5% each of graciano and mazuelo) Bright medium red. Expansive bouquet of musky red and dark berries, medicinal cherry, rose oil and Asian spices. Juicy raspberry and rose pastille flavors are framed by silky tannins and given a boost by zesty minerality. Packs a solid punch but comes off almost weightless. The tannins fade into the sweet fruit on the finish, which is strikingly pure and very persistent. Lovely right now....92" IWC 09/10 "This polished red delivers mature flavors of dried cherry, forest floor, tobacco and vanilla on a graceful frame. Fresh and lively...90" WS 08/10

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 2.00 g/l grams per liter

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