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June Wine Club-Peacock

Remember back in February we had France month. There was a map of the 42° parallel and France and Washington were on the same line. I had to check with Rioja and the Snake River AVA. Rioja is on the 42° and Lewis and Clark AVA is on the 46°. Pretty darn close. Tasting the two Tempranillos side by side was educational. This months Peacock selection is the 2018 Macán Clásico, 100% Tempranillo.

Vega Sicilia has been a winery a little longer than Idaho has been a state. It was founded in 1864 and was planted with various grapes(Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) from the Bordeaux region of France-some of which are being used in the wines today. About 10 years ago Vega Sicilia and Benjamin de Rothschild began acquisitioning multiple vineyard plots from small farmers. They quietly built up about 120 hectares, whiting the village of San Vincente. They purchased only the best terroir and deep-rooted Tempranillo vines with ages ranging from 25-80 years old.

Wine Enthusiast (97 points) called it a: "dark garnet-colored wine has a nose of black currant, raspberry and milk chocolate. {I completely agree with the raspberry and milk chocolate} "Deep fruit flavors of cassis and dark plums fill the mouth, joined by notes of cocoa powder, tobacco leaf and espresso bean." Needless to say this wine is layered and very complex. Robert Parker chimed in with a 94-point review and called it "one of the finest vintages for this wine."

This wine, I suspect has good aging potential, but you could probably crack this on a random weekday night without too many regrets.

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