That lovely cigar box and cedar nose so typical of many Spanish reds is immediately forthcoming on the nose, along with some herbal elements. Black cherry fruit is forward, and the wine is a bit clumsy in that regard. Tannins are still sharp, giving a somewhat dusty finish, but still quite pleasant overall. At least one hour of aeration is recommended. Still could use some additional age.  Good with just about any grilled meat on the barbecue, especially if using wood to smoke. Recommended. GT

WHO: Bodegas Valduero
WHAT: Tempranillo
WHERE: Ribera de Duero, Spain
WHEN: 2005
HOW MUCH: $35 (media sample)

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Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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