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2006 Marqués de Riscal Riscal 1860

Appellation: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon

Tasting Notes: 100% Tempranillo.  13.5% ABV.  This wine is from select vineyards in Castilla y Leon, and aged in new American oak for 6 months.  Pretty light violet in the glass, I can see my fingers through it.  Nose is cherry with some earth and cedar, a little candy.  Not as much fruit on the attack as I expected, some cherry, a little disjointed, smooth. A little thin.  Some tea and earth comes through.  Some pepper as well.  Long finish with a lot of tannin.  Nice.   Solid Wednesday night with dinner wine, and would be a crowd pleaser at a party.

Rating: 3/5, 14/20, 86/100

Price: $12.99 at Bin 604

A note on ratings:  I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing.  As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases.  However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s.  I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents.  I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score.   On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.

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