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Review: 2005 Pago de Carraovejas Tinto Crianza

Our Valentine's evening wine this year was a red from Spain. Originally $50, we picked it up on Friday at Cork and Bottle for $19.99. Cork and Bottle has excellent clearance sales.

This yummy wine from the Ribera del Duero region is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. It was ruby-red in color and lightly coated the glass. On the nose, it was full of black currants, some oak, and smoky spices.

The flavor was full of blackberry jam and black currants, nicely accented by gentle tannins. The longer the wine was open, the more the darker flavors appeared, with spices, smoke, and some chocolate.

The finish was clean and left us with some lingering spices. Overall, we really enjoyed this wine. We probably could have saved it – I read that it will be at its peak in another couple of years – but why put off our enjoyment?

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