2003 Sandoval - Manchuela 750ml

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IWC 93   WA 93   WS 90   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($40; a blend of 80% syrah, 9% mourvedre, 7% bobal and 4% tempranillo) Bright medium ruby. Superripe, slightly porty aromas of crushed blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice. Dense on entry, then superripe, thick and powerful, with lush, sweet black fruit flavors and a very long, full finish featuring substantial chewy tannins. More roasted and less obviously delineated than the 2002, but this wine showcases the extraordinary richness and fat of the 2003 vintage at its best. (Fine Estates From Spain, Dedham, MA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 122

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

A barrel sample of the 2004 Finca Sandoval (84% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, and 7% Bobal) may be even better than the 2003 as it revealed beautifully fragrant aromas that surpassed those of its predecessor.

While still somewhat a work in progress, one has to be impressed with the efforts of well-known Spanish journalist Victor La Serna in bringing to the world's attention the potential for high quality in the long-forgotten Manchuela appellation. The first releases from this modest 26-acre vineyard, planted primarily with Syrah, have all been impressive, and the 2003 appears to be the finest yet produced. Cropped at 23 hectoliters per hectare, this blend of 80% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 7% Bobal, and 4% Tempranillo was bottled unfiltered after an eleven month sojourn in French oak. Fortunately, there are 34,000 bottles of this beautiful, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2003. Its complex aromatics (scorched earth, sweet blackberries, freshly ground pepper, licorice, cassis, and a touch of mocha/chocolate) are followed by a full-bodied wine displaying velvety tannin, a broad, expansive mid-palate, luscious sweetness, and admirable freshness as well as definition. It is accessible enough to be drunk young, but promises to age gracefully for 7-10 years. Readers who visit this winery should try and persuade La Serna to sell a bottle or two of his remarkable 2003 Cuvee TNS (rated 95), made from two-thirds Torriga Nacional and one-third Syrah. Production is tiny, and it is not exported to America, but it is truly an exhilarating wine of complexity, richness, and stature.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 159

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

This plush, modern red is brimming with blackberry and sweet plum fruit, framed by toasty, chocolaty oak flavors and supported by thick, well-integrated tannins. Mineral, licorice and prune accents add complexity. Syrah, Mourvèdre and others. 500 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Author: Thomas Matthews

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Ryan Opaz
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/29/2005
Deep purple in color (intense). Nose of barnyard, and red fruits with a hint of dark spices. Firm tannins and medium acid in the mouth. While flavors of big fruit, plum, cherry, blackberry, and smokey oak all mingle on the palate. Really a fun wine. 4/5

Rating: 94
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/06/2008
7-hour decant dark purple; smokey-meaty nose; nice round palate and a superb syrah--comparable to Clio

Rating: 93
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 07/16/2011

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

272 bottles owned by 124 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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