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d'Arenberg The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Shiraz 2010
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The most obscure name, the word 'vociferate' a transitive and intransitive verb. The color is very bright, especially on the rim; a distinctly different bouquet with nuances of brush/silage, the palate with full-on black fruits and tannins to match, but those tannins are not dry, the overall balance excellent.
Chester Osborn describes this vineyard as "sitting at the top of the hill in the Beautiful View sub-district," the vines rooted in 50-million-year-old limestonewith red-brown earth on top. While the name may imply a loud craving for alochol, this wine won't deliver that satisfaction in any overt way. What it offers instead is a spark of black pepper in the scent, layered with porchini, roots and herbs as it opens with air. The black fruit is compressed into an earthy mineral tensio, the structure precise, allowin gthe wine's brightness to glint through the smoke of the finish - a compelling vineyard expression, whether you decant it now or cellar it for 10 years.
Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose on the 2010 The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Single Vineyard Shiraz is dense with blueberry compote and stewed plum aromas over touches of blackberry preserves, spice cake, vanilla pod and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and packed with ripe fruit in the mouth, it is framed by a medium level of chewy tannins, medium to high balanced acidity and a long, savory finish.
Features a distinctive fruit profile, offering rhubarb, raspberry, cherry and rooibos tea notes persisting against refined tannins.
Ribera red wines are made from Spain's indigenous grape, Tempranillo. The wines have balanced acidity with generous fruit character. Carefully made to underscore the purest expression of Tempranillo, Ribera wines have spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors that enhave anything off the grill. They are unequivocally food-friendly wines.
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, Ribera del Duero wines pair well with roast meats and aged cheeses.
Ribera del Duero is located in Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive north of 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.
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.
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.
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.