RH Phillips Viaje Tempranillo 1999
This is an intense, full-bodied wine. The aromas of fresh cherry and strawberry fruit give way to subtler vanilla and licorice spice. Bright cherry fruit flavors, spice and full tannins. The flavors are long through the finish, and accented by light vanilla oak. Drink now or hold for five to ten years and let the flavors open up.
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