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Bodegas Convento de las Claras 2012

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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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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Bodegas Convento de las Claras

Bodegas Convento de las Claras

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Bodegas Convento de las Claras, , Spain
Bodegas Convento de las Claras
Bodegas Convento Las Claras is located in Curiel de Duero, 3 km from Peñafiel, in the heart of the Ribera del Duero. The building, modest in appearance, hides a cozy and functional winery, ideal for making quality wines and a winery visit.

Our challenge is to produce high quality wines that express the nature and personality of each of our vineyards and represent the greatness of Ribera del Duero. The combination of (clay loam, sandy clay-limestone Franco) unique soils, old Tempranillo vines, the climate of the Ribera de Duero and meticulous work in the vineyard, over the years, has given grapes with exceptional quality that are treated in the cellar with the greatest care possible in order to extract their oenological potential.

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

MSW30100360_2012 Item# 127590

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