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2007 Guelbenzu Spanish Red "Azul"

Guelbenzu 2007 Azul

Winery: Guelbenzu

Vintage: 2007

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Azul"

Wine Category: Spanish Red

Grape blend: 70% Tempranillo, 15% Merlot, & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Ribera del Queiles

State or country: Spain

Price: $18

Cases produced: 10,000

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: May 6, 2011

Wine Review: This producer consistently produces Very Good wines and this red blend is another example. It is slightly opaque and dark ruby colored. It opens with a red currant and menthol bouquet with notes of mild oak detected as well. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, soft, and easy going. The flavor profile is a mild black currant and black licorice blend with some nicely integrated mild oak mixed in. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are rather sticky and linger. I would pair this wine with a thick cut of prime rib. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Guelbenzu Azul is 70% Tempranillo and the remainder between CS and Merlot, 9 months in used French oak barriques. 2007 supplied full maturity at a medium pace, good year. The style here has always been updated but with one foot firmly planted in the Old World. Really picks up on the cedar note.

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