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Vinas del Cenit Aleo 2009

Tempranillo from Spain
  • RP90
14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The deep garnet color of this wine prepares you for the abundance of aromas of warm strawberries and sweet spices. The initial flavors on the palate resonate with concentrated fruit flavors such as plums and blackberries and unfold to reveal mineral aromas and hints of licorice, cinnamon and leather.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Aleo is a different selection of vineyards with the wine spending 10 months in French oak. It displays a similar aromatic profile but is rounder, richer, and a bit more structured on the palate. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2019. It is also a superb value.
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Vinas del Cenit

Vinas del Cenit

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Vinas del Cenit, Spain
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Tierra del Vino de Zamora is a historic region that goes back much further than other regions which posses DO status. No other wine-producing region in Spain has a similar title, and in fact some of the 56 towns that are located within the area include 'del vino' in their title: Morales del Vino, Corrales del Vino, El Cubo del vino...

The Tierra del Vino is dissected by the famous Vía de la Plata, which dates back to the Roman Empire. It originally ran through the cities of Mérida and Astorga, serving as a route used by Roman troops and merchants. The region's climate is unique within the northern plateau, its temperature being the highest on average in Castilla y León.

Viñas del Cénit's vineyards are organised in small parcels of land planted with a substantial amount of old Tempranillo vines, some of which are over a hundred years old and ungrafted. The soil is calcareous, gravel and sand-based, with a layer of red clay underneath.

The young oenologist Almudena Alberca from Salamanca has had ties to Viñas del Cénit since its inception in 2003. She is in charge of supervising the vineyards and also of the vinification processes.

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.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions and important throughout most of Spain. Depending on location, it takes on a few synonyms; in Penedès, it is known as Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Furthermore in Portugal, known as Tinta Roriz, it is a key component both in Port and the dry red wines of the Douro. The New World regions of California, Washington and Oregon have all had success with Tempranillo, producing a ripe, amicable and fruit-dominant style of red.

In the Glass

Tempranillo produces medium-weight reds with strawberry and black fruit characteristics and depending on yield, growing conditions and winemaking, can produce hints of spice, toast, leather, tobacco, herb or vanilla.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Pair these with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a naming system is in place to indicate how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release. Rioja labeled Joven (a fresh and fruity style) spends a year or less in oak, whereas Gran Reserva (complex and age-worthy) must be matured for a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. Requirements on Crianza and Reserva fall somewhere in between.

STC680148_2009 Item# 122401