PradoRey Elite Tinta Fina 1999

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This Ribera del Duero wine comes from a relatively new producer, PradoRey. They have an extensive lineup of wines, but this came highly recommended from a respect store owner. I found it an astonishing amalgam of a southern Rhone grenache blend and a Portuguese dry Douro red.

Extremely sophisticated, the nose was very rich and layered, with currant and dark fruit laced in with minerals in an almost Amarone-like manner. The palated expanded the currant flavours and brought in subtle blackberry and an intense mineral core. In fact, I would liken the structure of the minerality to a northern Rhone Cote-Rotie. A touch of oak integrated all the superbly-balanced fruit with the acidic mineral core and released many repeating layers of flavour on the finish, which was 30-45 seconds. This is a truly exceptional wine.

$55 at Steamworks Liquor Store (also available at Everything Wine)


  1. Joe
    October 21, 2008

    I will confess that I have been eyeing this wine for years, but never could pony up the $55. I’m not an Amarone fan, but the rest of the note might just get me off the fence…

  2. Shea
    October 22, 2008

    Well the Amarone component is pretty subtle and does not really carry through to the palate. So, I don’t think it plays a sufficient role to make the wine very similar to Amarone.

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