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100% Tempranillo from Valencia, Spain.
Available for $12 at NakedWines.com. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Castillo Catadau 2005 displays fruit aromas from its selected ripe Tempranillo grapes. The tannins are soft, the fruit is sweet, and round in the mouth.
The wine is a special project between winemaker Jorge Caus and Nakedwines Angels using 100% Tempranillo grapes.
'Thank you for helping make this wine possible through your support. I hope you enjoy drinking it as much as I have enjoyed making it. Cheers!'
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The 2005 Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva Tempranillo begins with a mellow, understated aroma of ripe berry, vanilla and caramel. The aroma builds quite nicely after a few hours in the glass, so you might want to decant this one before drinking. The wine tastes simple, fruity and good featuring dark berry fruit, smooth soft tannins and a nice spicy note that runs all the way through to the finish. This medium-bodied wine just gets better the more air it gets and was at its best on day 2. It ends dry with nice spice and good length.
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Overall Rating: 7
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