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2015 Conde de Los Andes Tinto

June 6, 2019 - Norman Bentley

The wines from Rioja, Spain have been special to me for quite sometime, as I have enjoyed many bottles over the years with a variety of foods, especially grilled meats. The grape of choice from Rioja is Tempranillo, which means the "early one", since it ripens before most other varieties. The younger wines are usually light and bright and many are found under the label "Crianza", some of my most favorites. The 2015 Conde de Los Andes Tinto is a somewhat different breed being much more robust, along the lines of a big Cab.

The wine is a deep, beautiful cherry red with a fragrant nose suggesting black plum and a little spice. The flavor is definitely black plum, with an undercurrent of raspberry, and mild tannin leading to a strong finish. This is a full-bodied wine which is complex, and yet subtle at the same time. It is big on fruit, long on taste, and lasting in the finish, until you get to the much anticipated next sip! The alcohol content is 14.5%, and Norm's score is 92.

We had a special dinner with special friends to honor this magnificent wine. We served medallions of pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon, and grilled to perfection, alongside fresh asparagus and roasted new potatoes. It was a delightful evening made even better with a really good bottle of wine!

price : $40- $48

score: 92


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