PIEDEMONTE CRIANZA 2006

A good friend of mine gave me this bottle. They call this a Crianza which is a little odd because normally a Crianza is 100% tempranillo but this one is a blend of tempranillo, cab sauv, and merlot. The wine is dark in dolor with a lovely nose of dark fruits. On the mid pallet the wine is a deep rich with some of the plum from the merlot coming through, lots of varietal tempranillo coming through and some dark fruits, cherries etc. The oak is quite pronounced but not out of control. The wine is lovely and dry with lots of tanins. The finish is on the long side, with some tartness and some nice complexity. All in all this is a lovely wine and a bargain for the price. I would give it a 90! I paired with with a BBQ’d steak and it held up very well. Thanks Manuel!

From the LCBO web site:
BODEGAS PIEDEMONTE CRIANZA 2006 VINTAGES 166603 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 13.95
Wine, Red Wine 14.0% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : D

Made in: Navarra Province, Spain By: Bodega Piedemonte

Release Date: Jun 12, 2010

Description
A Silver Medal winner at the 2009 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Tasting Note
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Merlot. Deep ruby, with forward floral, cherry, fresh herbs, and earthy aromas leading to delicate flavours of plum, strawberry, herbs and spice mingling with coffee notes on the mid-palate. Medium bodied, braced by firm tannins and a bright cherry finish. Pair with grilled steak, hamburgers, or grilled vegetables. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2009)

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