2006 Finca Villacreces Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2006
Appellation: Ribera Del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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Varieties: 86% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 4% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

"The purple-colored 2006 Tinto is made up of 86% Tempranillo and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 16 months in French oak. The nose displays a brooding aromatic array of Asian spices, damp earth, mineral, blackberry, and violets. Dense and stacked on the palate, the wine is still a bit tightly wound and will benefit from 4-6 years of additional cellaring. Incipiently complex and exceptionally lengthy, it should be at its best from 2025 to 2031.

The estate of Villacreces adjoins Vega Sicilia." (WA)

"($38; 86% tinto fino, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot) Vivid ruby. Heady aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky minerals, incense and Indian spices. Creamy and sweet, offering sweet raspberry and blueberry flavors and showing no rough edges. A peppery note comes up with air and adds energy to the long, juicy finish. This is drinking well now. (Eric Solomon Selections, Charlotte, NC)" (IWC)