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  Rey del Mundo Tempranillo 2012
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The nose is lifted and expressive, unveilingan array of dark berry aromas, ground spice, earth and a whiff of spicy oak. The palate offers a burst of mouth-filling ripe berry flavours with varietal cherry colaand smoked spice before supple tannins and lovely fine grained savoury oak provide definition to the impressively long finish. Whilst offering excellent drinking now, it will most certainly age gracefully.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 93
A classic Rioja showing fabulous modern fruit intensity, the complex bouquet shows dark berry, game, mixed spice and nutmeg characters, which lead to a ripe and smooth palate that delivers plenty of appealing flavours and excellent mid palate weight. The wine is supple and generous while remaining elegant and stylish. At its best now until 2018

Rioja Alavesa:
Rioja Alavesa, in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains, is the finest sub-region of Rioja. A patchwork of small vineyards are planted in very poor, sandy soils on the lower slopes. Very low yields, along with cooler night temperatures, create wines with intensity matched by elegance and defined structures.

Totally de-stemmed before a long, cool fermentation with daily pump-overs to achieve optimum fruit and colour. The core of the blend was aged in seasoned French and American oak for six months. 35% was matured for nine months in one year old 225 litre French oak barrels. The components were blended prior to bottling, balancing fruit expressiveness and structure.

2012 Vintage:
As with much of Spain, 2012 in Rioja will be remembered due to very low rainfall throughout the entire vintage. Despite a very cool winter and spring, the vintage was otherwise quite straight-forward, lacking disease, hail or frost – hence the crop, the small amount of it, is of very high quality.

Don't Pay: $27.00

WBW Rating: 93/100
Closure: Stelvin
Region: Rioja, Spain
Winemaker: Javier Murua
Drink now until: 2020
Alc/Vol: 13.5 %
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