2005 Sandoval - Manchuela 750ml

Spain - Castilla y Leon/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2005 Sandoval - Manchuela

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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

($42; 76% syrah with 13% mourvedre and 11% bobal) Inky purple. Sharply focused raspberry and blackberry scents are complemented by fresh flowers, licorice and graphite. Crisp and poised, offering intense, finely focused red and dark fruit flavors, and impressively silky texture and fully absorbed tannins. Fresh and energetic on the long, spicy finish. I suspect that this extremely impressive, syrah-based wine will put on weight and gain sweetness with a couple years of aging.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 134

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5+

75% Syrah, the rest Monastrell and Bobal in roughly equal parts. Quite closed at the moment. Very dark, very smoky with a touch of baked rubber. Dry and savoury on the palate but there is so much concentrated black fruit hidden in there and waiting to emerge. Notable Syrah pepperiness. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2009-2016
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 94

The 2005 Finca Sandoval is 76% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and 11% Bobal fermented with native yeasts followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel with lees stirring, followed by aging from 11-13 months in French and American oak, a mix of new and seasoned 225 and 300-liter barrels. Purple-colored, the wine offers up an alluring nose of toasty oak, mineral, floral notes, blueberry, and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied, ripe, layered wine with superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. There is enough structure to support 3-5 years of evolution in the cellar. This outstanding effort should be at its best between 2012 and 2025.

Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 175

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Score: 93
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 06/08/2014
Drink Dates:
Drinking great; still LOTS of fruit.
Score: 94
Author: mattpowell
Tasted On: 11/18/2010
Score: 90
Author: Schmaltzy
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/08/2009
Extremely tannic and closed nosed. After a day it opened up and you could smell sour fruit, oak, mocha, and almost a hint of skittles. On the palate it tasted mostly of sour fruit, like a shock tart candy on your tounge, also some mocha on the back end with that skittles play again, very new world with candy play.
Score: 90
Author: Kyle S346
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 08/06/2008
Pretty decent, rich and on the jammier side. maybe with bbq?

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The Castilla-La Mancha region produces 50% of the wine in Spain. However, not until about 10 years ago did the production begin to include some of the stars of the country. One of the best known revolutionaries of this trend is Victor de la Serna, an important Spanish wine and food journalist. The vineyard's name is actually an homage to his mother's family, who provided the financial support to secure the estate. His superb Syrah-based effort comes from the long-forgotten Manchuela appellation and is highlighted by smidgens of Monastrell (Mourvedre) and Bobal (an indigenous grape).

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