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2005 Guelbenzu Spanish Red "Azul"

Guelbenzu 2005 Azul

Winery: Guelbenzu

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Azul"

Wine Category: Spanish Red

Grape blend: 46% Tempranillo, 38% Merlot, & 16% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Ribera del Queiles

State or country: Spain

Price: $19

Cases produced: 10,000

KWG Score: 91 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: August 18, 2008

Wine Review: This very dark purple wine opens with a spicy raspberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is smooth, soft, balanced, and not overly complex. The flavor profile is tasty dusty cherry flavors with hints of blueberry. The finish is quite dry, with gentle tannins that linger for some time. This very food friendly wine is versatile and would pair nicely with chicken parmigianna or lasagna. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, aged 12 months in second-year French oak. Supple and ripe yet elegant, with claret-like cedar notes reminiscent of its sibling EVO (not to mention Bordeaux). 2005 offers ripe body with firm structure and intensity, the best example in a number of years.

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