Deep, haunting, and perfumed, the 2000 Dehesa La Granja Selección is a lush, sophisticated wine that stands in tribute to the viticultural revolution sweeping Spain. It is also one of the finest wines ever to emerge from Zamora. The 2000 Dehesa Selección, with its deep ruby robe and entrancing bouquet, captures the senses from the moment it is poured. It offers sweet scents of blackberry and plum, dark chocolate, sandalwood, and vanilla. Exceedingly extracted and intense on the palate, this lush, highly polished wine follows through on the olfactory with a wealth of flavors: crushed black fruits, espresso, smoked meats, and oriental spices all present themselves in a lush, hedonistic format. Moreover, each sip reveals layer upon layer of fruit and additional nuances of flavor that nearly explode on the wine’s long, lengthy finish. For those willing to wait, extended aeration heightens the hedonistic pleasure inherent in this wine, so allow it an hour to breathe. Aeration will disclose the ripe voluptuous fruit that stands at the core of this supple, complex wine. As with all fine vintages of Selección (and 2000 is an outstanding vintage), additional time in bottle will further enhance this wine, but we doubt there are many disciplined enough to wait any longer to enjoy this beauty or lay down an ample supply for future gratification. After tasting the 2000 Dehesa La Granja Selección, one has to wonder if Spanish wine has ever been better, and just how much better a wine can be. For a mature, sophisticated, full-bodied wine that tantalizes the senses, you need look no further than the 2000 Dehesa La Granja Selección. For optimum enjoyment, we suggest decanting this Spanish classic and serving it at cool room temperature (62º - 66º F). Anticipated maturity 2008-2015.