This Tempranillo is produced with only 100% Tempranillo, the Spanish red wine grape that is as noble and historic there as the sport of bullfighting, this a young and bright un-oaked version shows the real essence of Tempranillo in its youthful state: fresh cherry and red berry fruit on the nose, with a palate that is classically soft, silky and savory and has hints of sweet fruit, easy acidity and gentle tannins.
A blend of primarily 90% Pardina, also known as Cayetana Blanca and Jaen Blanco, this grape is grown abundantly in northwest Spain even though it is not commonly known in the U.S.. It displays a lemon-gold color, with a subtle nose of pear and fennel, and flavors of citrus and subdued melon in a medium bodied, medium acid, fresh white that is excellent when cold.
Plaza de la Reina red marries three varietals Tempranillo, Grenache and Monastrell into a totally tasty blend that displays a medium ruby hue and aromas of plum and cranberry with some spice. The flavors are surprisingly concentrated for a wine of this price with ripe fruit, nice tannins, and a long finish.
We finally get around to tasting the blue wine from Spain. Since this is a sunny spring afternoon, it was a good time to pop it open and have a clear palate to see what I can compare it to. Word on the street is it is too sweet and not a good regular drinking wine. Well, I'll be the judge of that Mister.
Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinto, 5% Viura
Vinification: The grapes varieties were fermented together and the pulp was left to macerate with the skins, but without the stalks, for about 20 days at a temperature of between 25 and 30 degrees. It was kept in special tanks for 12 months during which time it was decanted on three occasions to remove the lees. In autumn of the following year it was put into 225 litre oak casks, where it remained for twelve months and was decanted twice each year. After this it was bottled and left to settle for 6 months before being released onto the market.
Appearance: The wine has a slightly purple, ruby colour with golden gleams from its long period in cask. Much of the colour comes from the Garnacha grape.
Aroma: The aroma has characteristics from its oak ageing - vanilla, black pepper and hints of tobacco.
Taste: Warm fruit flavours with nuances of vanilla and tobacco. It is smooth and medium bodied with a good length.
Verdejo white wine in the classic style. Made entirely of Verdejo grapes from our older and less productive vineyards. These vineyards are located on more stony soil, which promotes the proper maturation and balance of our harvest.
Aggregated Critic Score
Castilla y Leon, Spain
White - Green and Flinty
Pulpo: This white wine made from “albariño” grapes carefully grown in the vineyards of the región “Val do Salnés” (Salnes Valley) in Galicia.
A delicate wine with aromas of white flowers, hints of peaches and apricots lead to a fresh, fruity palate