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Venus La Universal Dido Red Blend 2008

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Medium ruby with aromas of ripe strawberries and earth, red fruits and sweet spices on a full bodied palate.

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Based on garnacha, with smaller portions of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, this Montsant has light aromas of leather that give extra complexity to its fresh red fruit aromas. It's juicy and intense, with a firm tannic structure that's as smooth as marble, and soft floral notes lasting at the end.
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Venus La Universal, Spain
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Venus La Universal is the creation of young and super talented enologist Sara Perez, the driving force behind Mas Martinet in Priorat, and Dominio de Bibei in Galicia. Sara’s father Luis was -along with Rene Barbier- the driving force behind the emergence of Priorato twenty years ago… Venus debut vintage was a stunning 1999, quickly assuring the new Denominacion de Origen “Montsant” in 2001 with a serious place in the Spanish wine scene. Tiny quantities of two different wines come from a number of schist & granite composed parcels around the village of Falset at altitudes between 300-700 meters above sea level, and many times in steep terraces, all enjoying a warm, Mediterranean climate with dramatic day/night temperature changes. Today Sara has joined forces with her husband Rene Barbier Jr. making this an impossible to beat combination of talent, experience, and bringing their parents work full circle.
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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.

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