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February 20, 2012

2009 Damana 5, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Time for a Spanish wine post again...
Together with some fun ladies, I recently attended a Spanish wine tasting that was held by Melanie from We had so much fun that I actually forgot my notes at the host's house and never got them back. Oh well... However, I did buy a few wines and this one was one of them. 

Damana 5, Tabula Bodegas, € 10,50
92 % Tempranillo, 8 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Cinco meses - referring to the 5 months the wine spent in French and American oak barrels. Dark cherry red color with purple hints. The nose of ripe dark-red berries with spices and hints of vanilla. Very fruity on the palate, again, ripe red and dark berries. Good acidity. The tannins, both from oak and fruit, towards challenging - definitely need food with this wine - and astringent. Medium-bodied. 13,5 % abv.

Ribera del Duero, the DOC with about 20.000 ha, is on high altitude between 700 and 850 meters. Warm days and cold nights, and less problems with deseases provide with good circumstances for wine growing. 

Still, I am more of a Rioja girl...

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