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Don Mendo Gran Reserva 2012

Cariñena DO

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Grand Gold, Mundus Vini, 2018

After more than six years in barrel and bottle, this rich red from east of Rioja is just now coming into its own. Delicious proof of the great value available from sunny Cariñena, it combines silky, mellow raspberry fruit with spicy complexity.

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Sublime cherry and raspberry with a smooth toasty finish

Aroma

Mellow and complex red and black fruits with spicy vanilla

Don Mendo Gran Reserva 2012

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  • 14.0% ABV
  • 10.5 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2022

Cariñena in northeast Spain is one of the country’s oldest wine appellations. It is home to “fruity, modern, well made wines that offer fantastic value for money” (Harpers), and can age. Don Mendo is a case in point – a beautifully mature Gran Reserva from Bodegas San Valero, one of Cariñena’s oldest cellars and described by Spanish expert John Radford as “making some of the best value wines in Spain”. A wine of theirs was chosen, above all others, to serve to King Juan Carlos when he visited the region on the 75th anniversary of its DO status. A lush blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cariñena (it’s also the name of a grape), Don Mendo is soft and mellow with intense red fruit and gentle spice. Perfect with cured meats and grilled chicken.

"Beautiful, complex, sophisticated wine. Great example of a full-bodied Gran Reserva" Online Review
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