| 1995 Valduero Gran Reserva 750ml 6 pack|
Ribera del Duero, Spain
Remarkably youthful with great complexity. Shows mature, baked fruit accented by clove, all-spice and thyme. Strong meaty notes enhanced by touches of tobacco leaf and smoke. On the palate the wine is long, persistent and well structured. Well developed body that is at once powerful and graceful.
It is only in the exceptional vintage years that Valduero produces a Gran Reserva. This wine has been elaborated with a special selection of 100% Tempranillo grapes that come from low-yielding vineyards of at least 45 years old. Grapes were picked by hand and placed in 20-kilo crates to prevent crushing and preserve the entirety of the fruits’ primary bouquet. They were crushed and de-stemmed over the vats to avoid any unnecessary handling or damage. The wine spent 48 months in French and American oak barrels and each barrel was tasted and monitored every six months. The resulting wine is a true treasure. Wonderful depth and layers of fruit, tobacco, spice and earthiness presented in a complex but elegant format. Simply delicious.
Tempranillo goes well with many Spanish dishes. Tempranillo goes especially well with lamb, chorizo, grilled seafood, roasted peppers, sheep's milk cheeses, and all varieties of ham including serrano ham and prosciutto.
Wines made from Tempranillo tend to have a nice fruity sweetness. They tend to have light tannins, and light acidity.