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2008 Finca SandovalBlend from Spain

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"Finca Sandoval is a cherished, personal project started in 1998 by renowned journalist and wine writer Victor de la Serna, who teamed up with winemaker Rafael Orozco. The prop...

  • 94 Guía Peñín
  • 92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
  • 91 Wine Enthusiast
  • 91 Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
  • 90 Wine Spectator
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94

"Cherry, garnet rim. On the nose, ripe fruit, spicy, creamy oak, toasty, complex, minerally. On the palate, powerful, flavorful, toasty, round tannins." (2013)

92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

"Bright purple. Spicy, highly fragrant nose features perfumed blackberry, violet and orange peel, with hints of smoke and black olive. Really showing the syrah now. Dense, sappy and chewy but surprisingly lithe; the intense red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors are at once taut and rich, thanks to zesty minerality. Finishes very suave and long, with fine-grained tannins and lingering spiciness." (12/10)

91 Wine Enthusiast

"Deep purple in color, with minty, exotic aromas that suggest latex but also richness, vanilla, mocha and spice. The palate is meaty and deep, with smooth-flowing flavors of blackberry, licorice, chocolate and pepper. Young, rich and balanced; hold for two years then drink. 76% Syrah with Monastrell and Bobal. -M.S." (07/11)

91 Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report

"Aged 11 months in 300 liter barrels (85% French) and a blend of 75% Syrah and balance Monastrell and Bobal, the 2008 Finca Sandoval Manchuela is a gorgeous effort that was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Possessing a semi-opaque purple color to go with complex aromas of blacker styled fruits, saddle leather, underbrush, and graphite, it stays light and elegant on the palate, with clean acidity, beautiful purity of fruit, and a classic, lengthy finish. Impressive all around and oh so drinkable, it improves with air and drank beautifully for the two days I had the bottle open. It should continue to impress for 8-10 years." (03/13)

90 Wine Spectator

"Hints of chocolate, espresso and pencil shavings accent this creamy red, featuring layers of ripe black cherry and boysenberry fruit, with aromatic underbrush and olive notes, supple tannins and juicy acidity. Drink now through 2018. 1,000 cases made. -AN" (09/13)

Product Description:

"Finca Sandoval is a cherished, personal project started in 1998 by renowned journalist and wine writer Victor de la Serna, who teamed up with winemaker Rafael Orozco. The property is sited within its own estate vineyards which are planted with Syrah and Touriga Nacional. These vineyards, located in the heart of Manchuela, have also seen the slow incorporation of some of the best native varieties in the region (Bobal, Monastrell, Garnacha, Garnacha Tintorera) in a bid to fufill a dream formed over 40 years of deep knowledge and understanding of the soils of the estate." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 74254
Country Spain
Region Castilla La Mancha
Sub-Region La Mancha
Ratings

94 - Guía Peñín

92 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

91 - Wine Enthusiast

91 - Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report

90 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2008
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Syrah / Shiraz, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut, Bobal
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast, vanilla, floral, plum, black cherry and tar
Nose spice box, cedar, dark fruit, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, mint, floral, plum, black cherry and tar