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Comenge Ribera del Duero 2006

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Located in the heart of the D.O. Ribera del Duero, Bodegas Comenge was founded with the principal goal of perfecting the true expression of Spain's signature grape variety, Tempranillo. This flagship wine is made using a triple selection process, whereby only the ripest and healthiest fruit enter the tank for alcoholic fermentation. Coddled from beginning to end, this wine has a marked mineral character, accompanied by the characteristic dark fruit and soft floral notes often found in the famous Tempranillos that come from the high-elevation, calcareous plateaus of Ribera del Duero. Rich and potent, with a long, succulent finish, this wine is meant to be consumed now or aged for up to 20 years.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 89
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Comenge is 100% Tempranillo aged sur lie for 13 months in French and American oak. Deep purple in color, it offers up a nose of earthy minerality, underbrush, spice box, violets, and blackberry. On the palate it displays some elegance, plenty of spicy fruit, good balance, and a medium-long fruit-filled finish. It can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.
WE 88
Wine Enthusiast
Bold and chunky Ribera wine with black fruit aromas that don’t tread lightly. The palate is lush and features a nice overall feel, while the flavors of berry fruit and chocolate hint at raisin but don’t fully cross the threshhold. Heavier and darker than prior years. Drink now.
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Comenge

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Comenge, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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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.

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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 spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors in a bold Ribera del Duero will pair well with roasted and grilled meats, Mexican food and tomato-based sauces.

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Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions and important throughout most of Spain. Depending on location, it takes on a few synonyms; in Penedès, it is known as Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Furthermore in Portugal, known as Tinta Roriz, it is a key component both in Port and the dry red wines of the Douro. The New World regions of California, Washington and Oregon have all had success with Tempranillo, producing a ripe, amicable and fruit-dominant style of red.

In the Glass

Tempranillo produces medium-weight reds with strawberry and black fruit characteristics and depending on yield, growing conditions and winemaking, can produce hints of spice, toast, leather, tobacco, herb or vanilla.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Pair these 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 naming system is in place to indicate how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release. Rioja labeled Joven (a fresh and fruity style) spends a year or less in oak, whereas Gran Reserva (complex and age-worthy) must be matured for a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. Requirements on Crianza and Reserva fall somewhere in between.

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