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Big, Rich Gorgeous Tempranillo
91pts Parker, 50 Year Old Vines, Tiny Yields

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This is a great Spanish red at any price. The fact that it’s under twenty a bottle makes it a no-brainer. Old vines and low yields with just the perfect amount of oak aging when made correctly is the perfect ingredients for great red wine. Sourced from fifty year old vines with a tiny yield of 3.5 tons per hectare and ten months in small oak have resulted in a rich red with glorious concentration matched with great finesse and elegance. The wine is sourced from a micro-climate called Ribera del Jucar, at an elevation of 2400 feet, is absolutely perfect for growing spectacular Tempranillo grapes. This wine is absolutely delicious, great for lovers of Numanthia and Clio, big, rich and oh so smooth and supple. Definitely taking a case home to enjoy!

2011 Bodegas la Magdelena Sueno Tempranillo (Ribera del Jucar; Spain)
Regular $29.99 Bttl $22.99
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91pts Robert Parker

Bodega La Magdelena is a Spanish co-operative winery founded by 60 local growers in 1958 that presently has grown to 290 member partners who deliver grapes from over 1,600 acres of property. Their tremendous grape portfolio consists of the varieties Tempranillo, Bobal , Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Merlot, plus the white varieties Airen, Macabeo and (sweet) Moscatel de Grano Menudo. In 1990, they began to label their wine products under the “Vega Moragena” brand. Today, armed with newest in winemaking technologies, they’re committed to producing the highest quality Spanish wines. Of these innovations, the one considered most influential was the incorporation of stainless steel tanks with electronic programmers designed to control temperatures during every step of the complex and delicate fermentation process. However, prior to any fermentation is the harvest, and a new piece of equipment to streamline that busy and chaotic period is with the infrared analyzer that performs a full scan of each container of grapes to the winery from the vineyards. This single tool can quickly differentiate each grape variety, allowing optimum segregation control during the busy and hectic harvest. What’s more is the winery’s newly built cellar which is able to hold 250 barrels of American and French oak to produce the best possible Tempranillo from vines averaging 35 to 65 years!

Tempranillo, also known as Tinta Roriz , Tinto Ribiera, Cencibel (and many, many others) is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Often making up as much as 90% of a blend, Tempranillo is less frequently bottled as a single varietal. During the 1990s, Tempranillo started experiencing a renaissance in wine production worldwide. This surge began partly as a result of the efforts of a 'new wave' of Spanish growers and co-ops like BLM, who showed that it was possible to produce wines of great character and quality in areas outside of the Rioja region. With an altitude reaching 740 meters (2,400 feet), gentle slopes, varying soil textures and layers of pebbles, the "Ribera del JĂşcar" is a genuine micro-climate indigenous to grow incredible Tempranillo.

Wine tasting review: “Produced in collaboration with Majuelos de Espana, the 2011 Sueno (which means “dream”) comes from an average of 50-year-old vines cropped at 3.5 tons per hectare and matured for 10 months in Allier, Nevers and Hungarian oak barrels (40% new). It offers a very intense bouquet of dark berries, mulberry and dark plum, dried pressed flowers developing with time. The palate is very well-balanced, placing a gentle but insistent grip on the palate. The oak is very well-integrated (any more new, and it would have unbalanced the wine) and it lends the dark chocolate-tinged finish a seamless quality and weight without impinging upon the terroir character. It is quite a “deep” Tempranillo that will repay one or two years in bottle. Drink 2014-2019.”

– Robert Parker / The Wine Advocate (04/2013).

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