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Bodegas Ordonez Avante 2010

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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0% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard that was planted in 1960 called La Nava. The soils are composed of clay and a good amount of chalk. Avante was stainless-steel fermented and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. It was aged in 40% American and 60% French Oak barrels for 22 months before being bottled unfiltered.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better is the 2010 Avante, which comes from a vineyard planted in 1960. This unfiltered, 2,000-case cuvee is also 100% Tinto Fino. It offers plenty of charcoal, graphite, black currant, licorice and forest floor notes in a rich, full-throttle format. Consume it over the next 5-7 years.
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Bodegas Ordonez

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Bodegas Ordonez, Ribera del Duero, Spain
The winery is located in the town of Pedrosa de Duero in the province of Burgos on the northern bank of the Duero River. The town is in the central part of the D.O. Ribera del Duero. The south facing vineyards are 2400 ft. in altitude.

Ribera del Duero

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Ribera del Duero is located in northen Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive from Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.

Notable Facts Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, the spices, dark fruit and smoky flavors of Ribera del Duero wines pair well with roast meats, BBQ and anything off the grill.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

STC785369_2010 Item# 125510