100% Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero, Spain.
SRP of $30 and available for as low as $19.99 but more commonly in the low $20s so we'll cover this one as a Saturday Splurge. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Bodega Matarromera is an 80-hectare estate located in the heart of Ribera del Duero. The 2008 Crianza was aged for 12 months in American oak; it is deep purple colored, has a fragrant nose of cedar, pencil lead, tobacco, spice box, and blackberry. On the palate it is dense; for a medium to full-bodied wine it has significant structure. Excellent with stews, game and all meat courses. Pairs well with strong cheese; an aged Manchego for example.
The 2008 Bodega Matarromera Crianza begins with pleasant aromas of blackberry, plum, menthol and a little bit of anise. As we mentioned the other day, if you like a big, serious wine then Ribera del Duero is your place and this wine is no exception. Tasting the wine reveals lots of dark fruit, lots of leather (especially on the finish), herbal notes and some zesty minerality that leads into the very long, dry finish. Some lingering tobacco notes close out this excellent wine.
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