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2001 Abel Mendoza Jarrarte

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

...boasts a deep ruby/purple color in addition to sweet aromas of tobacco-infused black currants, blackberries, espresso roast, and white chocolate, beautiful fruit, impressive purity, and loads of complexity...

90Wine Spectator

This lush red nearly oozes with crushed berry, plum and chocolate flavors, almost jammy on the palate, yet remaining fresh...

90Stephen Tanzer

Deep red. Extremely primary aromas of briary blueberry, blackberry, currant and sweet oak. Densely packed and concentrated, with a silky texture but also strong, perfectly integrated acidity. Very suave, currant-flavored wine...

REGION

Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.

TYPE

Red Wine, Tempranillo

Think leather and cherries together for Tempranillo wines. This wine looks lighter than it is. It can be medium or full bodied, but its thin-skinned, big grapes, give it a more transparent appearance. It is grown in Spain, Portugal, the U.S. and Australia.