Posts Tagged Tempranillo

A Toast to Tempranillo Day

The organization has a long name: Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society. Fortunately, it also has an easy-to-remember acronym: TAPAS. And you should know right off the bat that this non-profit trade association is not devoted... Read more

1964 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Grand Reserva Especial, Rioja, Spain

A beautifully mature wine, with a heady nose of dried cherries and tea. The finish is long and pleasing. This bottling speaks well for the aging potential of well-made Rioja. MSRP: N/A (March 1997) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1985 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Grand Reserva Especial, Rioja, Spain

An earthy nose of mushrooms gives way to sweet, dark berry fruit. Just beginning to find its balance. MSRP: N/A (March 1997) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1989 Marques de Murrieta Reserva Especial, Rioja, Spain

Wonderful, exotic spice aromas and dusty red fruits and cherries. Supple in the mouth, medium in weight and in the finish. A winner! MSRP: N/A (March 1997) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2008 St. Amant Tempranillo, Amador County

Opaque purple/ruby color. A dark floral note swirls around the leather, spice and dark fruits. It’s mouth-filling and creamy, leading to ripe dark fruit and an impression of milk chocolate at the finish. It’s not your Spanish grandfather’s... Read more

2008 Longoria Tempranillo, Santa Ynez Valley

There’s a sharp, citric edge to the aromas and flavors of dark berry and fleshy plum fruit. It is supple as it enters the palate, then shows some tannic grip at the end. We expected more. An off bottle, perhaps? MSRP: $36 (August 2011) Wine... Read more

2007 Georgetown Divide Tempranillo, El Dorado

Deep ruby color. Some game and leather notes highlight ample ripe dark fruits. It’s lithe in the mouth, finishing with powdery chocolate tannins. A big red that is looking to complement big slabs of red meat. MSRP: $24 (August 2011) Wine Lines... Read more

2008 Fenestra Winery Tempranillo, Livermore Valley

Opaque purple/ruby color. At first whiff, there is a pungent nose of dark berry syrup and vanilla, with a sharp note of pectin. Smooth on the palate, it seems lighter than the 14.6% alcohol it carries. There are some dry, mocha-tinged tannins at the... Read more

2007 Just Joshin Tempranillo, Sierra Foothills

Rich garnet in color, showing some separation at the edge. This is an “old school” red, but with charm. It sports aromas and flavors of dark flowers, leather, spice, a hint of citrus, and dusty red berry, cherry and plum fruit. The 14.2% alcohol... Read more