Category Archives: Tempranillo

Winemakers’ Dinner, Columbia Gorge

One of the traditions of the Wine Bloggers Conference is the “mystery bus” jaunt. Bloggers bravely board buses, blindfolded. (Not really, just had to get in that alliteration.) All we know is that we are headed to a winery, where … Continue reading

Posted in Barbera, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Ice Wine, Oregon, Pinot Noir, Tastings, Tempranillo, Travel, Uncategorized, Viognier, Visits to Vineyards/Winemakers, Zinfandel | 17 Comments

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: elements by Artesa, 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, AND elements 2006 Red Wine.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: elements by Artesa, 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec), 62% Napa County, 38% Sonoma County. 14.4% ABV. Around $17 but available for as little as $12.99. We … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Graciano, Grenache/Garnacha, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Red Blend, Tempranillo | 1 Comment

RECOMMENDED: Giesta, 2009 Red Blend (Tinta Roriz [Tempranillo] 45%, Touriga Nacional 32%, Jaen 23%), Dão, Portugal. 13% ABV. $12.99 from www.wsjwine.com, $100.08/case of 12 from zagatwine.com.

Wine clubs aren’t a bad way to try new wines if you’re in an out-of-the-mainstream location (as we are in Ocala, FL) where tastings don’t happen often, especially if you have a friend who will share the cost with you, … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Crasto, 2009 Red Blend (35% Tinta Roriz [a.k.a. Tempranillo], 25% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional), Duoro, Portugal. 14.5% ABV. Around $13.

Made from Port grapes (yes, Tempranillo is a Port grape), this is a very interesting red wine. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, this is a good choice. COLOR: Dark magenta-violet, with pink edges and clarity. NOSE: … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Project Paso 2010 Red Blend, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Paso Robles. 22% Grenache, 17% Petite Sirah, 16% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 9% Zinfandel, 8% Tempranillo, 7% Malbec, 4% Barbera, 2% Touriga Nacional. 13.8% ABV. $14, available for less than $10.

Y’know how red blends with Cabernet Sauvignon are dominated by the Cab most of the time? That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. I mean, if Robin Williams comes to your party, guess who’s going … Continue reading

Posted in Barbera, California, Grenache/Garnacha, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Red Blend, Syrah/Shiraz, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

RECOMMENDED: Enanzo Tempranillo 2009, Navarra, Spain. 13.5% ABV. Available for as little as $5.99.

First impression: Dark ruby red. Nice clarity. Great legs. Round molasses taste, yeast-roll finish. Second impression: More oak, more jammy, more pepper, less round. Third impression: Gentler, less spicy, tannic, leather. It really does have a lovely nose. This is … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 24 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

Prices are the retail price at the tasting venue, our local ABC store, unless otherwise noted. This time, I focused mostly on trying unusual varietals, as well as a slight emphasis on Pinot Noir, a varietal I’ve found to be … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Italy, Malbec, Merlot, Moscato/Muscat, Petit Verdot, Red Blend, Spain, Tastings, Tempranillo, Viognier | 1 Comment

WINE TASTING! 40 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

2007 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. 14%. Aged in new French and American oak, 15 months. www.BodegasRamonBilbao.es. $16.99. 2008 Sterling Napa (silver label) Chardonnay. An old-California-style, big and chewy, oaky, velvety, buttery Chardonnary. Not as big as the 1980 Napa … Continue reading

Posted in American Appellation, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Chardonnay, France, Merlot, Red Blend, South Australia, Spain, Tastings, Tempranillo, White Blend | Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW … About Shipping Wine in the Summer

Once this summer, a shipment of six bottles of red wine arrived at our doorstep, and the heat was positively radiating from the box even before we opened it. I feared the whole shipment would be ruined, and promptly donned … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Cabernet Franc, California, Chianti, Italy, Malbec, Spain, Tempranillo, Tips | 6 Comments

HAPPY DAY!

Today is Global Cabernet Sauvignon Day AND International Tempranillo Day. (In Spanish, temprano means “early.” Tempranillo grapes typically ripen early, hence their name.) How are you going to celebrate? We have a Raymond Family Cabernet here with a price tag … Continue reading

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