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Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo Menguante Garnacha 2008

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Menguante Garnacha is produced from grapes that have been grown on 80 to 100 year old vines. The subdued dark fruit and mineral aromas carry into the lush, plum flavors with ripe chewy tannins. The persistent finish features balanced acidity and sweet fruit tannins. Serve at room temperature.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The purple-colored 2008 Menguante Garnacha was sourced from vines averaging 80 years of age and aged for 5 months in French oak. It sports an inviting nose of cedar, tobacco, cinnamon, clove, and cherry. On the palate it displays outstanding concentration, layers of savory fruit, and plenty of volume. It has the structure to evolve for 1-2 years but is approachable now. It is a great value.
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Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo

Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo

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Vinedos Y Bodegas Pablo, Ribera del Duero, Spain
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Vinedos y Bodegas Pablo is a family owned bodega located in Almonacid de la Sierra in the Cari?ena region. The Pablo family has a long wine making tradition in the region and uses indigenous grapes from their own vineyards, which are located at the foothills of Sierra del Moncayo. Additionally, they have been dedicated to the methods of biodynamic farming and viticulture for many years. No herbicides or chemicals of any kind are used in the vineyards.

The origin of the bodega goes back to the XVIII century. Antonio Hernandez founded the bodega in 1760 when he hand-carved an underground cellar, which still exists today. The present generation, Jos? Pablo Casao and his sisters, constructed their present state-of-the-art bodega over the former one. The Pablo family implements cutting edge technologies in this modern facility. Their objective is to transmit the essence of the land and the unique flavor of the indigenous grapes to their wines.

One of the best assets of the Pablo family is their vineyards. With a range of vines that average from 30 years old to up to 100 years old, the Pablo family has always been conscious of the local clones and has maintained the indigenous varietals, consisting mostly of Garnacha and the unique Vidadillo grape. There are also some international varietals planted in different younger vineyards which complement the native varietals.

Ribera del Duero

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Ribera del Duero is located in northen Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive from 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.

Notable Facts 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, the spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors in a bold Ribera del Duero will pair well with roasted and grilled meats, Mexican food and tomato-based sauces.


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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.

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