Tag: Tempranillo

Optio Vineyards Geneseo District Tempranillo 2020, Paso Robles, California



Dark ruby in color, almost inky, with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, chocolates, coffee, black pepper, pencil lead and herbs.

Full bodied and very smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, herbs, light earth, cola, chocolates, tobacco, spices, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Tempranillo from Paso Robles. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Shows great structure with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Spicy and rich. Opulent and tasty. Feels like a Napa Merlot.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 90 minutes of airtime.

Easy drinking and good by itself. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

I paired it with a nice piece of Ribeye steak.

Aged for 17 months in (40% new) oak barrels. A tiny production of only 720 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.


Optio Vineyards Geneseo District Tempranillo 2020, Paso Robles, California



Dark ruby in color, almost inky, with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, chocolates, coffee, black pepper, pencil lead and herbs.

Full bodied and very smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, herbs, light earth, cola, chocolates, tobacco, spices, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Tempranillo from Paso Robles. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Shows great structure with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Spicy and rich. Opulent and tasty. Feels like a Napa Merlot.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 90 minutes of airtime.

Easy drinking and good by itself. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

I paired it with a nice piece of Ribeye steak.

Aged for 17 months in (40% new) oak barrels. A tiny production of only 720 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.


Siglo Rioja Tempranillo 2018, Spain



Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Nice fruity nose with cedar, black currants, black cherries, light earth, vegetables, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Tempranillo from Rioja. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Good right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime, tannins come in with nice structure. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Showing a great mouthfeel, but might be much for some (grippy tannins). Needs 5 years in the bottle to chill out.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$13.

Patland Estate Vineyards Lillá in Fiore Napa Valley Rosé 2019, California


Very light red/ pinkish in color with light intensity and a neon hue.

Strong nose of raspberries, light cherries, citrus, light barnyard, lemons, spices, light herbs and white pepper.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, light earth, lemons, pears, ginger and black pepper.

Long finish with tangy lemons.

This is a delicious Rosé from Napa Valley. Smooth and elegant with such a pretty color. Interesting and engaging.

Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Rich with nice complexity.

Fruit forward and tastes like a very light red. Interesting stuff.

A nice sipping wine. Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. Paired beautifully with the prosciutto.

A blend of Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 6 months. A small production of only 2,892 bottles. This is bottle number 2,469.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$42.



Bodegas Gormaz 12 Linajes Crianza Tempranillo 2014, Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, cooked cherries, red currants, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, cocoa, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, earth, spices and light pencil lead.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, earth, chocolates, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, spices, peppercorn and leather.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero in Spain. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and tangy.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Tannins show up after 90 minutes.

This 7 year old shows nice complexity at this point. Drinking nicely now, and will be even better in the next five years.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh vegetables.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months (60% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$27.

Bodegas Gormaz 12 Linajes Roble Tempranillo 2018, Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, earth, light licorice, vanilla, spices, herbs, tobacco, dark chocolates, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn and earth.

Tangy finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is an easy drinking Tempranillo from Spain. Tangy and spicy with lots of fresh fruits. Very approachable and fresh. A good everyday wine.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and as it opens up, more earth notes show up.

Good by itself or with food, and good for parties. I had it by the pool on a gorgeous day.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged for 5 months in American Oak barrels (50% new). Grapes are grown at at 3,000 feet of elevation.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

$20.

Bodegas Gormaz 12 Linajes Tempranillo Reserva 2012, Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, coffee, Indian spices, cardamom, cinnamon, decayed wood, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, herbs, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, earth and leather.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very tasty Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

This 9 year old is showing a very nice nose now. Nicely balanced and good by itself or with food.

Very enjoyable now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 3 to 5 years. Showing a lot of fruits still. Loved the nose here.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 90 minutes in a decanter, when tannins and structure show up.

100% Tempranillo grapes grown at 3,000 feet of elevation. Aged for 24 months in 70% French Oak barrels and 30% American. 60% new Oak.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$36.

Bodegas Carlos Serres Vega del Rayo Rioja Reserva 2011, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, cherries, licorice, light wood, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, barnyard, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, vegetables, earth, blueberries, light cedar, wet leaves, coffee and peppercorn.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 9 year old Rioja is still drinking nicely, although it’s on the way out.

Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but a little oxidized on the nose.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Tangy, and a good food wine. I paired it with a Turkey burger and fries.

A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2006, Spain

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light and gentle nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, light oak, Indian spices, cinnamon, light licorice, coffee, light vinaigrette, curry and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, light cedar, vegetables, coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs, black tea, peppercorn, vinaigrette and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old is drinking very nicely now, although not from the best vintage.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show the beautiful nose, but pretty good right out of the bottle too.

This Gran Reserva is always enjoyable. A nice wine to have by itself or with food, and especially great with fatty cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Domaine Netofa Latour Rosado 2019, Galilee, Israel

This is a nice Rosé from Israel. Easy drinking with strawberries, raspberries, limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, vegetables and earth.

Medium plus in body and medium acidity, with a very enjoyable mouthfeel.

The nose is more new world, but the palate has a southern Rhône feel.

Earthy, spicy and better with food.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool. Really nice with the Spanish Manchego cheese.

Tempranillo grapes were grown in the Galilee region. Kosher.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$26.