Tuesday, February 23, 2010

** $ Vivir Vivir Ribera Del Duero, Spain, 2007 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Vivir Vivir Ribera Del Duero, Spain, is a 100% tempranillo from older vines in La Horra, tank-aged for ten months prior to bottling. The 2007 vintage is finished at a modest 13% alcohol.  It is part of the Bodegas J.C. Conde line.

In the glass: Vivir Vivir shows as deep muddy magenta in the glass, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this tempranillo sports a buoyant purple-plus-helium nose carrying a raspberry brightness. 

On the palate: The first element on the palate is bright ripe tangy plums in the mid-palate.  This lifts quickly with acids into the roof of your mouth.  

And the wrap-up: The finish is bright with red currants, causing your cheeks to curl.

In summary: Overall, a young, bright, fresh experience. Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  May mellow into its fruit with more bottle time or air.

Wine Advocate awarded a generous 90 points, with this report: "Dark ruby-colored, it features racy aromatics of mineral, spice box, black cherry and blackberry. Silky on the palate with no hard edges, this tasty wine will provide pleasure over the next three years."

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Following a three-day decant under vacuum in a partially opened bottle:  Consistent aroma and tanginess on the palate.  Air time did not improve.  Drink freshly poured.

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