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2010 Torre de Golban Crianza 

Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Retail $18

This 100 percent tempranillo wine comes from Ribera del Duero in north central Spain along the banks of the Duero River, where many renowned wines are produced. Ten years ago, producer Atalayas de Golban established a modern winery on a 50-acre estate in Soria province's remote Atauta valley. The property's 30- to 50-year-old existing vineyards thrive on the myriad terrains and micro-plot vineyards with soils composed of alluvial deposits, clay, sand, chalk, marl, schist and limestone. At nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, Golban's vineyards are aerated by constant dry winds, which aid the fruit in achieving full maturity. In the evenings, the temperature drops 20 degrees or more, which helps the fruit retain acidity and freshness. After grapes were hand harvested and sorted, the wine was fermented for 22 days in stainless steel tanks. The wine aged 12 months in French oak barriques and an additional year in the bottle. In the glass, it reveals intense aromas of red and black berries, herbal notes, hints of vanilla and toasty oak. On the palate, taste sour red cherry, blackberry, ripened plum, spice, cedar and well-integrated tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with steaks, hearty stews, grilled sausage, osso buco and aged cheeses. Buy it at: Second Vine Wine. Drink it at: Patois, Salu, Milkfish and Nuvolari's.


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