Sardonia Qs2 2012 750ml
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Sardonia Qs2 Red Blend 2012

Castilla Y Leon - Spain

Professional Wine Reviews for Sardonia Qs2 Red Blend 2012

Rated 90 by Wine Spectator
A smooth, polished texture carries savory flavors of black olive, tobacco and licorice in this dense red. A core of black cherry and espresso is supported by well-integrated tannins and firm acidity. A bit savage, but harmonious. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2022. 200 cases imported.
Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Qs2 is mostly Tempranillo complemented by 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and small percentages of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Syrah, from their biodynamically-farmed 22 hectares of vineyards in the village of Sardón de Duero in the outskirts of the Ribera del Duero appellation. The grapes fermented together by soil with some 10-20% full clusters with indigenous yeasts doing a soft extraction. Part of the wine aged in oak barriques, 20% in 1,200-liter oak foudres and another 20% in egg-shaped cement vats. This 2012 feels riper when compared with 2013; it is more voluptuous with some aromas of black cherries, hints of spices and keeping the floral notes in the background. It's still quite fresh; do not think this is an overripe wine, but that's what you get when you compare two vintages side by side. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with some grainy tannins that could do with some food. The palate is fresher than what you expect from the nose. 46,000 bottles were filled in May 2014.
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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Region: Castilla Y Leon

Castilla y Leon, in the heart of Spain, is a fascinating wine region with plenty of history, tradition and character going into each and every bottle which is produced there. The expansive, dry and arid plateau of Castilla y Leon means that the grapevines which grow there have to work hard to reach the moisture below ground, resulting in grapes which express plenty of the terroir they grow in, and thus reveal lots of flavor, aromas and the character of the region itself. Despite the difficult conditions and the blazing heat of Castilla y Leon, plenty of grape varietals grow there. As such, there is a wide range of red and white wines associated with the area, and wineries have generations of experience and expertise in making the most of the fruits they cultivate.

Country: Spain

For over two thousand years, Spain has been responsible for much of Europe's wine production, making the very best of native grape varietals, and more recently experimenting with and perfecting wines made from imported grapes. Of course, the region of La Rioja is renowned world-wide for the quality and characteristics of its wines, which benefit greatly from the warm, dry continental climate of the area, and the fertile soils of the Ebro river basin. However, there is far more to Spanish produce than the complex, aromatic and earthy red wine of this region, as a result of the vast range of wine making traditions and practices, and terrains and climatic conditions found across the country. The region Castilla y Leon produces some of Europe's finest white wines, and the sparkling wines of Cava and the sherries of Jerez are firm favorites for wine lovers around the world.