Antidoto "Cepas Viejas," Ribera del Duero
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Antidoto "Cepas Viejas," Ribera del Duero - 2019

Item # 26789 750mL

This appropriately named Tempranillo is the antidote to heavy, extracted wines in Ribera del Duero. A spring fresh delicate nose of ruby red berries and a touch of spiced grip over a softened palate makes this a distinctive standout. Cepas Viejas means "Old Vines" and the wine comes from well situated vineyards and older vines. Versatile for many dishes, try with grilled lamb and earthy mushroom and herbs.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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Antidoto "Cepas Viejas," Ribera del Duero

Imagine yourself in an outdoor café with the warm Spanish sun splashed across your face. You’re reading the papers for the upcoming bull fights, while old men with roasted leather faces tell stories of their primes over espresso. Your waiter, Benito, brings you a glass of Antidoto. Lush red fruit and exotic spices fill your nose. Silky tannins, ample fruit, and restrained concentration make for a breath of fresh air from the usual over-extracted Ribera del Duero that we have come to know. My advice? Take a page out of Hemingway, find a friend, share this bottle, and then repeat.

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Ribera del Duero

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