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Robert Parker writes in The Wine Advocate: "Even better is the 2010 Avante, which comes from a vineyard planted in 1960. This unfiltered, 2,000-case cuvee is also 100% Tinto Fino. It offers plenty of charcoal, graphite, black currant, licorice and forest floor notes in a rich, full-throttle format. Consume it over the next 5-7 years."

Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Bright violet color. Explosive aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, incense, licorice and resinous herbs. Lush, broad and sweet but focused, with an exotic candied dark berry element and strong floral accents. Finishes sappy, juicy and sweet, with fine-grained tannins and impressive length." 

Here is another fine effort from the Jorge Ordonez school of if-you-can’t-beat-them-make-it-yourself.  The grapes come from the small La Nava vineyard on the banks of the Duero outside the village of Pedrosa.  The back label states that the vines are over 50 years old.  Highly spiced nose of cinnamon and toast here, and floral elements along with a great purity of fruit.  In the mouth there is insistent, well seasoned red fruit and lingering elements of coffee and toasted oak.   An Advocate 92, this is Jorge doing what he does best by providing something that is both tasty and well priced, in this case something that is decidedly modern styled.  Stock Report September 2013


Tempranillo is the grape of Spain’s noblest wines: Ribera del Duero and Rioja. In those areas, Tempranillo produces wines of exceptional balance, palate, and aromatics, including aromas and flavors of red berries, herbs, and leather. Riojas and Ribera wines often, though they’re not especially acidic or tannic, age effortlessly, with great examples capable of lasting decades or more. Tempranillo is finicky in the vineyard, and the Mediterranean climate is well-suited to the grape. There’s Tempranillo in other parts of Spain, and the wine world, but Rioja and Ribera del Duero are no doubt the best places.

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