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2005 Altanza Rioja Reserva Lealtanza Artistas EspaƱoles Gaudi (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Bodegas Altanza bodegasaltanza.com   details
Appellation: Rioja - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Tempranillo
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$38.00
Alcohol %: 13.5
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: July 30, 2013 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
93 points "The 2005 Lealtanza Reserva Spanish Artist Collection (Gaudi in this vintage) is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 75+-year-old vines and aged for 18 months in new French oak. Purple/black in color, it proffers a complex perfume of lavender, incense, Asian spices, leather, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, dense, and mouth-filling, it is loaded with ripe fruit, notes of terroir and spice, and enough tannin to blossom for another 3-4 years. This lengthy effort will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2025. S. Tanzer -- 93pts Saturated ruby color. Heady aromas of red and dark berries, cherry-cola, vanillin oak spices and potpourri, with a smoky mineral overtone. Lush, pliant raspberry and mulberry flavors are complicated by notes of candied rose, vanilla, sassafras and five spice powder and framed by velvety tannins. A suave mineral component adds energy to the very long, spicy, penetrating finish. For a rich wine this is surprisingly energetic and focused. In fact I prefer this wine's vivacity to the power of the 2004 version. Wine Spectator -- 93pts Don't be fooled by the heavy-weight bottle; this is a supple, graceful wine. Fine-grained tannins support focused, lively flavors of cherry, sandalwood, tobacco and mineral, and juicy acidity keeps the finish fresh. Drink now through 2014. " Best 2013-2025
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