2014 Cepa 21, Ribera del Duero (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub-Region: Ribera del Duero
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 91WE, 91JS, 90WA, 90WS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Black-fruit aromas are made more complex by notes of leather and oak. This is full, blocky and tannic on the palate, with dark-fruit flavors of black plum and blackberry touched up by oak. A woody but long finish suggests that this will find its prime in a couple of years; drink through 2024.

91 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Jun 2017)

Slightly reductive nose of blackberries, cherries and some capsicum undertones. Full and rich with ripe and soft tannins that follow through to a long, salty finish. Warm alcohol notes. Drink now.

91 points, James Suckling (Dec 2016)

The 2014 Cepa 21 matured in French barriques for one year before being bottled. It has plenty of toasty notes, aromas of smoke, sweet spices and a touch of graphite. It needs a little more time in bottle to absorb the oak, which is still quite noticeable in the flavors and the texture, too. It's a generously oaked Tempranillo in the house style destined for the fans of the style. 2014 is a powerful vintage and this wine feels very young. 200,000 bottles.

90 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 229 - Feb 2017)

Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with coffee, tar and loamy earth in this solid red. Juicy acidity moderates the muscular tannins. Floral and spice details linger. Drink now through 2026. 16,000 cases made.

90 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 2016)