Paradoxically, sometimes the most humble of wines can be exactly what we need to re-energize our vinous pursuits. These wines forcefully remind us of an angle often forgotten, that of fun.
Take for example, the picture of a Spanish tempranillo above. I bought it for a tasting, intrigued that the back label said it was un-oaked. Young too, what the Spaniards would call a "tempranillo joven". We pitted this wine against five others, from the United States, Oregon, Washington, and Spain.
Out of all the wines, it tasted the freshest, and friendliest. Plums, cherries, and black peppercorns mingled with sun-dried tomatoes. Acidity made this wine into a light, food-friendly drink. Flavors, clearly defined, of red fruit, dusty earth, and peppery spice. High-toned indeed. Perfect for sipping while you munch on some jamon iberico and patatas bravas, or other pintxos.
Oh Beau!!!! You are speaking our language! As two girls who've lived in Spain for 3 years...we LOVE Tempranillos and we love wines that come from the Ribera region of Spain...glad to see that it helpd up so well against the other reds! Cheers, Ashleigh & Tiffani, The Drinking GirlsReplyDelete
Thanks for commenting, Drinking Girls :) I have only been to Spain once, last year when I visited Navarra, but it was an amazing place. I hope to visit again soon :)Delete
Sounds great! Spanish reds are definitely among my favorites in general, will have to keep an eye out for this one.ReplyDelete
Hey David, if you're in Portland you can find it at New Seasons stores in Beaverton and Raleigh Hills I believe.Delete