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Osborne Solaz Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    Winemaker Notes

    "Known first for its Sherry, and second for its Port, Osborne is now making its mark with attractive still wines such as this excellent 80/20 Tempranillo/Cabernet Blend. It cleverly bridges New and Old World styles, sending up sedective scents of dried fruits, meat, nutmeg and Spanish leather (wait, I har a Dylan song in here somewhere!). But ther's good fruit in the core, and soft-not dusty-tannins to round out the finish. Drink now or wait five years."
    -Wine Enthusiast

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    Osborne, Spain
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    The history of Osborne dates back to the end of the 18th century, when a young merchant called Thomas Osborne Mann arrived in Cádiz to commercialize the wines of the area. He soon set up business in Puerto de Santa María, the town where he founded his own winery which, more than 200 years later, would become the major business group that now enjoys international fame and recognition.

    Osborne is one of the oldest family businesses in Europe; generation after generation, it strives to acquaint consumers from all over the world with its food and drink brands, internationally renowned for their quality, authenticity and prestige. Bodegas Osborne is the birthplace of the Osborne bull, a unique symbol in the history of design and an icon of Spain in the world.

    Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

    Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

    Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

    Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    GLO1829715_2003 Item# 82741