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    93 points

    BEST BUY. This shows little of itself at the moment. It's almost completely closed, offering hints of fresh red fruit and touches of spice. The rest is a mystery locked in the tannins and acidity that form the powerful structure of the wines. Only grilled lamb-or 10 years in the cellar-will open the door on this blend of old-vine garnacha and carinena with cabernet sauvignon and syrah.

    Scala Dei 2012 Prior 02/01/2015 (93) Wine & Spirits

    Notes

    Appearance: Deep ruby

    Aroma & Flavor: Red fruit, strawberry jam, violets, plums and spices of vanilla, pepper and clean toasted wood on the nose.

    Facts

    Alcohol: 15%

    Barrel Type: Aged 12 months in new French and American barrels followed by at least 12 months in bottle.

    This elegant blend leads with brick-red color followed by fruit aromatics and then notes of vanilla toast from oak aging. On the palate, the wine is broad and full bodied, with good structure and a long persistent finish

    Tasting Notes

    The wine has a bright, ruby red hue. Intense aromas of wild strawberries, blackberries, mix with nuances of violets, spices and toasted notes. Mineral notes accompany the fruit on the palate. The wine has body, but mature tannins provide a supple texture.

    Pairs Well With
    • DriedHam
    • Stews
    • GrilledMeats