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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

From the beautifully robust, boisterous and spicy red Tempranillo wines of the west, to the fruity, aromatic white Verdejo wines from the Rueda, Castilla y Leon is a Spanish wine region with something to please everyone. The region itself is a particularly fascinating one for European wine fans, as it dates back several centuries and is, in many ways, the defining region of Spain for the country's viticultural identity. Dry, arid soils and baking heat produce wines of a unique character, coming from grapes which have to struggle to attain the moisture they require in order to ripen. The flavors of Castilla y Leon are big, bold and seductive, and packed full of all the passion and history only a country like Spain can provide.

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.