Convento de las Claras 2012
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
The nose has a very high intensity of blackberries, raspberries, blackberries and black licorice, which are combined with toasted and spicy flavors typical of aging in French oak. The palate is balanced with acidity, soft tannins and a long finish suggestive of fruity and spicy notes.
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby. Smoky, expansive aromas of candied cherry, rose and pipe tobacco. Silky, sharply focused red fruit and floral pastille flavors pick up a spicy nuance with air and display impressive energy. Closes silky, sweet and very long, with fine-grained tannins adding shape."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Las Claras is a single vineyard Ribera del Duero aged eight months in new French oak. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a layered nose of black raspberries, blackberries, licorice, graphite and spice box. Rich and full-bodied with sweet, velvety tannins and a heady, layered finish, this seductive red should drink well for 5-7 years"
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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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1 rating, 1 with reviewRichard Hamning - Hilliard, OH45/17/2014
Softer and more approachable than the 2011, I like it better for drinking today. Nice complexity, clean and smooth, earthy and spicy. A very nice and enjoyable wine at a great price. If you like big Bordeaux, this would be a good alternative at a much better price.Related ProductsSimilar to an excellent Bourgogne Rouge or Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux, a joven Ribera has a fresh fruit personality that is ...
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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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