Convento de las Claras 2011
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
A deep, opaque cherry color, with strong purple hues. The nose has a very high fruit intensity of blackberries, raspberries, blackberries and black licorice, which are combined with roasted and spicy flavors typical of aging in French oak. On the palate, it is very fleshy and dense, very broad. It has balanced acidity, soft tannins and long, fruity and spicy finish. A treat to the palate and the senses... In short, a sip of Ribera del Duero.
The Wine Advocate - "Another knock-out offering from a winery founded in 2010, with some vineyards dating back to 1900, the 2011 Las Claras was aged in French oak, most of it new, for eight months prior to bottling. This fabulous bargain over-delivers in every sense. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by abundant notes of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, espresso roast and creme de cassis. This modern-styled Spanish, super-rich, intense red takes ripeness to the limit."
International Wine Cellar - "(fermented in stainless steel, the transferred to new French oak for malo and eight months of aging): Opaque purple. Seductively perfumed aromas of blackberry and cassis, cured tobacco and minerals, with a mounting vanilla quality. Lively, mineral-accented black and blue fruit flavors are firmed by youthful tannins and given lift by strong peppery spices. The tannins add shape and grip to the impressively long finish. Give this baby of a wine at least another year of bottle age."
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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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5 ratings, 2 with reviewsRichard Hamning - Hilliard, OH45/17/2014
Huge, brooding, earthy, spicy, young. Needs time but I think this will get better and better with a year or two, and has the body and tannins to continue to improve for several years. The bottles I have had have thrown a lot of sediment, something I always like to see. And, a great price.walktard - Tahoe City, CA33/18/2014rfarouni - Columbus, OH37/10/2013PrioRad - Reisterstown, MD55/18/2013Marsden Pup - Bellingham, WA44/11/2013Wine I Drink With RelishRelated Products
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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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