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2006 Guelbenzu Spanish Red "Azul"

Guelbenzu 2006 Azul

Winery: Guelbenzu

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Azul"

Wine Category: Spanish Red

Grape blend: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, & Merlot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Ribera del Queiles

State or country: Spain

Price: $17

Cases produced: 30,000

KWG Score: 89 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (87)

Review date: October 5, 2009

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored wine opens with a mild black cherry bouquet with a faint hint of old oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, soft, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a very mild raspberry with hints of oak and red cherry. The finish is dry and its decent tannins are noticeable and lengthy. This offering is food friendly and would pair perfectly with grilled barbecue steak tips. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, aged nine months in second-year French and American oak. Supple and ripe yet elegant, with claret-like cedar notes reminiscent of its sibling EVO (not to mention Bordeaux). 2006 matches the excellent 2005 for intensity in a slightly softer style.

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