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."

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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