Comenge Ribera del Duero 2005
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
A rich display of aromas including Bing cherries, prunes, violets and sandalwood. On the palate the wine is very well structured with mature tannins and elegant notes of forest fruit, dark chocolate and a dash of nutmeg, followed by a very long and expressive finish.
Located in a high elevation region within the heart of Ribera del Duero, the Comenge winery was founded in 1998 by one of the foremost experts on Spanish wine and Spanish grape varieties. Miguel Comenge's goal was to make a well-balanced, delicious wine from the Ribera del Duero without the excessive tannin structure of many wines in the region. Each vintage is made with the strictest selection measures and attention to quality, from the budding of the vines down to the bottling of the wine.
Wine Enthusiast - "Impressive for the way it blends modern richness with authentic aromas and flavors. The nose offers prune, leather, blackberry and fine dried cheese, while the palate is savory and smooth, with chocolaty, round berry fruit flavors and then additional chocolate and toast on the finish. Lively and dense, but not heavy. Drink now through 2013."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Comenge, sourced from Comenge's estate vines, is 100% Tempranillo aged in barrel for 13 months. Dark ruby-colored, it has an enticing nose of dried herbs, coffee, black cherry, blackberry, and licorice. Smooth on the palate, it has a slightly roasted character along with plenty of ripe, savory fruit. Surprisingly forward, it will evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now through 2017."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby-red. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, cola, anise and rose. Juicy blackberry and spicecake flavors are complemented by notes of vanilla and candied flowers, along with a touch of mocha. Showing its oak a bit today but this deeply fruity wine is already pretty alluring."
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The Comenge project was initiated thanks to Jaime Comenge Puig’s enthusiasm for the world of wine. Under the watchful technical guidance of Rafael Cuerda, their decisions have been innovative and clear from the beginning.
Comenge was founded in 1999 with twelve hectors of vineyard near the villages of Pesquera and Curiel de Duero, the heart of Spain’s famous wine region, Ribera del Duero. This region gives the brand its Designation of Origin. The project has grown steadily. Other investors have provided their effort and motivation to the business. In 2001, fourteen additional hectors were planted around the bodega (winery) that started working in 2002 and finished in 2003.
Our philosophy is to achieve one of the best wines of Spain, only through day-to-day team work. Our product has quickly positioned itself at the top of the Spanish viticulture for its enological excellence. View all Comenge Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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