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Bodegas Montecillo Viņa Cumbrero, Rioja Crianza 1995
Exceptional crianza Rioja. Vibrant ruby colour of medium density. Wonderfully inviting nose of raspberry and cherry fruit. There is lovely vanilla too with a darker, earthier note emerging. Smooth and rounded on the palate. Medium bodied, with lots of up-front, youthful fruit that is juicy, chewy and savoury but there is also a much deeper, bittersweet coffee bean and tobacco character. The finish is fine and long with fine tannins and more concentrated, dark chocolate richness. Oak is beautifully integrated. The whole package has great depth of interest but it's still easy and lovely to drink. A tremendous value for money wine. (04/98)