Tag: Tempranillo

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.

Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja 2006, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Great nose of black currants, sweet cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, espresso, cola, light vegetables, tobacco leaf, cumin, saffron, graphite, herbs, Indian spices, earth and dark chocolates.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, spices, earth, dark chocolates, graphite, peppercorn and leather.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious 14 year old Rioja Gran Reserva. Drinking very nicely now, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. Tangy and soft with great complexity especially on the nose.

Needs 2 hours open up, and even better after 3 hours.

A nice wine to pair with food, but definitely good by itself too. Loved smelling on it for a long time.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me. Really enjoyed it.

Robert Parker 96 points. Wine Spectator 92 points.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano.

14% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.

Robledo Family Winery The Seven Brothers Tempranillo 2018 Sonoma Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, chocolates, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black cherries, plums, vanilla, cedar, brown sugar, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, spices, maple and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice surprise. This is a very enjoyable Tempranillo from Sonoma.

Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and showing lots of Oak notes, which I actually liked.

Reminds me of a Napa Bordeaux blend.

Fruit forward, spicy, tangy and interesting. Very tasty.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

Elvi Wines Herenza Rioja Crianza 2016, Spain

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, cedar, wild flowers, vanilla, liquorice, cloves, dark chocolates, coffee, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, raspberries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable wine from Spain. Tangy and spicy. Really enjoyed the nose here, simpler on the palate. Showing mild complexity with a tangy finish.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime it opens up with that great nose.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives. Was especially good with the fatty Brie cheese.

Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$27.

King Family Vineyards Mountain Plains Monticello 2016, Virginia

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Virginia.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nose of blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, wood, licorice, tobacco, dark chocolates, peppercorn and light alcohol.

Full bodied, smooth, buttery and gentle, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, earth, thyme, espresso, herbs, light vinaigrette and pencil lead.

Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious red blend from Virginia. Showing nice complexity with a great, soft mouthfeel.

Very tasty now, and will be in the next few years. I gave it a couple of hours to open up, but 30 minutes was actually enough.

I loved the tannin structure, gave it such a nice mouthfeel.

If I had to guess it blind, I would have said Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon.

Good by itself or with food. I had it all by itself. Delicious.

A blend of 36% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 29% Petit Verdot. A small production of only 2,100 numbered bottles. This is #401.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Toca Madera Winery Tempranillo 2016, California

Purple in color with a wide purple rim and medium plus intensity.

Fruity on the nose with cherries, black currants, black plums, light wood, earth, licorice, herbs, black pepper, tobacco, dark chocolates and coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, tobacco, spices, chocolates, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice surprise. This is a very enjoyable red wine from California. Tempranillo is not my usual drinker, but this is really easy drinking and fruit forward.

Showing mild complexity and spicy with a nice mouthfeel. Low in alcohol and dangerously easy drinking.

I gave it a light chill and had it all by itself by the pool. Later i had it with some Camembert cheese and it was delicious. Let’s just say i finished the whole bottle by myself 😃

A good everyday wine. This 4 year old Tempranillo is peaking now. Very tasty.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$26.

Elvi Wines Herenza Rioja Reserva 2014, Spain

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick/ copper rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, cedar, leather, licorice, vanilla, earth, wet leaves, light vegetables, herbs, peppercorn, dark coffee and tobacco leaf.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, raspberries, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, light peppercorn, vegetables, dark coffee and herbs.

Medium plus in finish and spicy, with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. A very nice red Rioja. Showing nice complexity with a spicy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and already good all by itself. A good food wine too.

Will age nicely in the next 7 years.

Needs an hour to open up properly and remove the acidity. Gets earthier as it opens up.

That’s the kind of Tempranillo I enjoy.

Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva Rioja 2011, Spain

For #tempranilloday here is a delicious one from Rioja.

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a reddish/ brick rim.

Delightful nose of blueberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, light vanilla, earth, tobacco, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, cedar, spices, tobacco, brown sugar, coffee, earth, wet rocks, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Tempranillo blend from Rioja. Spicy and intense with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is starting to drink very nicely now. Would be nice to see how it evolves in the next 10 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. A good wine to enjoy with friends and talk about. Awesome nose. Loved smelling on it for a long while.

Needs 90 minutes in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the acidity, so take your time.

A good food wine too. Nicely balanced with enough fruits for the earthiness this region brings to the table.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 10 years. The tangy finish makes it interesting.

A blend of 88% Tempranillo and 12% Graciano. Grapes were hand-harvested and aged for 26 months in French Oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

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