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Telmo Rodriguez Matallana 2018

Product description

Another great wine from star Spanish winemaker Telmo Rodriguez that's a perfect partner for flavorful fare from the grill! 

While Ribera del Duero has had a quieter history relative to Rioja, it's old winemaking country. The vines in this hot and dry inland region lie at relatively high plateaus and hilly areas, anchored by the Duero River. These conditions contribute to making bold, well-structured reds with a distinctive purity of fruit, while remaining capable of an elegance and balancing freshness that other regions can struggle to find.

After some time in the glass, the wine exudes aromas of pure boysenberry and plum skin, along with stony earth and dusted cocoa. On the palate, an enticing saline minerality greets you, quickly followed by those intense flavors from the skins and a touch of juiciness. A coating of Tempranillo's signature chalky-textured tannin fleshes out the middle of the wine, grounds it on the finish, and helps clean the palate when paired with hearty meals.

97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The wine is subtle, harmonious and elegant, complex and with integrated oak, very expressive with velvety tannins and a long, dry, chalky finish. This is superb, elegant but with the Duero rusticity and stone minerality. It has to be the finest Matallana to date.