Wines from Vino de la Tierra de Manchuela

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Viñas del Cenit 2003 Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Manchuela)

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This modern-style wine could be designated as Toro, but it comes from a village that predates the Toro D.O. so it keeps the “Vino de la Tierra” moniker. That said, it’s a first-ever Tempranillo made by the New Zealand enologist Amy Hopkinson, and like many new-wave Spanish bruisers five times pricier it pours on the smoky aromas in front of a textured, extracted…

 — M.S.  (11/15/2005)

Dominio de Eguren 1999 Codice Red (Vino de la Tierra de Manchuela)

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This is an easy drinker—not an intellectual, “serious” wine—but it displays more tasty ripe fruit than many more pretentious offerings. The nose is a blender-mix of ripe berry, cocoa, banana hints and smoky, toasty oak. The palate is flavorful, with ripe but dry strawberry and raspberry fruit. It’s fairly light in weight and closes with a nice berry-spice fade—a…

 — M.M.  (4/1/2002)
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