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Fine Wine > Still > Tempranillo > Spain > $20-50 > 92-95 Pts

Tempranillo is the staple grape of Rioja -- in the words of The Oxford Companion to Wine, "the Cabernet Sauvignon of Spain." To create greatness, Tempranillo is nearly always blended, usually with Garnacha (aka Grenache) and/or Carignan. Tempranillo is fast ripening, rather tannic and, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, not that aromatic. It is rarely sold as a stand-alone varietal.


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Teso La Monja Toro Almirez Toro 2011 750ml
|   WA: 94   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"Another great value is the 2011 Almirez, which comes from old, ungrafted, head-pruned Tinta de Toro vines. The vineyards are planted at 2,300 foot elevation, and the yields in 2011 were 18 hectoliters per hectare. The wine spent 12 months in 30% new French oak. A fabulous effort, it could easily..

Item Price: $25.00
Case Price: $300.00
(12 Units)
163027


Vinedos Alonso del Yerro Ribera del Duero 2009 750ml
|   WA: 95   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
Made by Stephane Derenoncourt, consultant for great Bordeaux wineries like La Mondotte, Domaine de Chevalier, Canon-la-Gaffeli?re, Smith Haut Lafitte, and many others. "The 2009 Alonso del Yerro, tasted from a barrel sample, is purple/black in color with outstanding density and richness. It is..

Item Price: $25.00
Case Price: $300.00
(12 Units)
1632002


La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja Spain 2004 750ml
|   WA: 93   |    WS: 94   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of..

Item Price: $33.00
Case Price: $396.00
(12 Units)
1633005


Bodegas Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial Reserva 2009 750ml
|   WS: 95   |   


Cellar/Tasting Notes
"Powerful yet harmonious, this rich red delivers black cherry, licorice, fresh herb, smoke and mineral flavors that mingle seamlessly over firm, well-integrated tannins, while balsamic-tinged acidity drives the flavors through the long, spicy finish."

Item Price: $42.00
Case Price: $504.00
(12 Units)
1633006



 
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