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Tamaral Crianza bottleIn this Saturday’s VINTAGES release, LCBO is featuring a wine from a new winery in our portfolio: Bodegas Tamaral from Ribera del Duero. This Spanish region is famous for its BIG and RICH reds made from the Tinto Fino grape (AKA Tempranillo), and after tasting this wine, you’ll understand why it has this reputation.

This relatively new winery, which was founded in 1997, has been making a name for itself, garnering scores and international acclaim for many of their wines. The 2009 Crianza Vendimia Seleccionada is a vineyard selection of the fruit from the 2009 vintage, aged for 14 months in French and American oak. It’s deep red in colour, with a nose filled with intense red fruits, spice, and liquorice. The palate is quite full and rich, with big tannins, yet at the same time fleshy and elegant. Don’t just take my word for it… it was awarded 92 points from Wine and Spirits Magazine, and we’ve detailed their tasting notes below.

With the fall and winter ahead, and as the big, braised dishes come out of the oven, there’s no better match than this fine wine. Enjoy!

Bernard Stramwasser
Le Sommelier


Tamaral Crianza Vendimia Seleccionada Ribera del Duero 2009


“This wine’s fruit flavors battle its tannic structure and astringency with all the tension of a young marriage. But it’s not a serious spat. Given time, the wine’s power will adapt to its vibrant red fruit, which already fills the mouth generously enough to intercede with the fierce tannins. Cellar it for four years or more.”

Score: 92 (wineandspiritsmagazine.com, June 2012)

Varietal: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Price: $23.95 (per bottle)
LCBO#: 355701 – click here to find an LCBO store stocking this wine.

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