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FINCA VILLACRECES 2016 DO Ribera del Duero
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Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. Extremely deep intense purple colour. Complex, slightly smoky, cedary nose with lots of ripe, plum-cherry purée fruit plus a hints of earthiness. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, intense, somewhat cedary, grippy, rich, ripe, bright, intense, plum-cherry flavours with a lingering, dense, lifted, somewhat savoury, earthy, violet-tinged finish. The Vintages Catalogue quotes a 92-point tasting note saying that it is 88% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot - while the back label (and website) clearly says that it is 86%-10%-4%. It’s not a big deal but it would be really nice if someone at the LCBO would have checked this out before printing it. They would have also found that it was fermmented in stainless steel tanks (not concrete) and spent 14 months (not 15) in 100% brand-new barrels. It has 14% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number 16001 on the back label. CSPC 236422
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Tri Alt
Country Spain
Rating ***(93 points)
Extracty, Ripe, Cedary, Youthful
LCBO Text Status A Vintage Assessments Explorer's Selection!
TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Finca Villacreces was produced to showcase the essence of the estate, mixing grapes from different soils fermented and aged separately and then blended into a combination of 88% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot that fermented in concrete and oak vats and matured in 225- and 500-liter French oak barrels for 15 months. I was expecting more freshness here, but I found ripe black fruit and something earthy/organic reminiscent of peat and coal, plenty of fine-grained tannins and ripe and earthy flavors. It's still quite oaky. Drink date: 2020-2026. Score - 92 (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2019) Price $ 49.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - June 13, 2020
Cases bought 29 (6 bottles per case)

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