Abel Mendoza - Grano a Grano - Tempranillo

Colour: Red
Country: spain
Producer: abel mendoza
Grape: Tempranillo
Region: rioja

92 Points - The Wine Advocate

"The 2011 Tempranillo Grano a Grano is selected from the oldest plots. The bunches are hand-destemmed and the grapes fermented in 1,200-kilo inox vats then transferred to new barrels for malolactic and 18 months aging. Having had that treatment, the nose has plenty of wild berries and some violets, and the smoky/spicy notes are still abundant but do not dominate the nose. The palate is however, quite marked by the élevage and will require time to absorb the oak. This is a modern, well-oaked Tempranillo for fans of the style, with good concentration and power, but perhaps the élevage erases the mark of the place. It should be better with time in bottle as the wood receded after a few days of being opened. 1,700 bottles." - Luis Gutiérrez

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