Tempranillo Sale

17 Aug Tempranillo Sale

Spanish Tempranillo Values

Tempranillo is the go to variety in two of Spain’s most classic growing regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Tempranillo reflects growing conditions easily and adapts to its environment quickly. This yields very different wines depending on the region. From Rioja down to Toro, the wines turn out unique. We also threw in one of our favorite bargain Spanish reds too, Garnacha de Fuego.

2009 Luis Cañas Rioja Reserva Seleccion de la Familiacanas
On Sale $22.99
Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries, vanilla and candied flowers on the pungent nose, with a minerally quality adding lift. Spicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense cherry and raspberry liqueur flavors and a hint of mocha. Becomes deeper and more broad with air and finishes with velvety tannins and a repeating floral pastille note that lingers with strong tenacity.
92 Points, Vinous Media

2013 Finca Villacreces “Pruno,” Ribera del Duero
On Sale $15.99
I’ve loved this wine in the past and the 2013, a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 12 months in French oak, is stunning, simply over-delivering in so many different ways. This wine, which offers up copious quantities, of blueberry, black raspberry and black currant fruit, licorice, graphite and meaty notes, offers fabulous aromatics, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful, pure texture and a long, heady finish with subtle oak. What’s amazing is the French oak is all two-year-old, super-expensive Darnajou barrels. For $20 this is another amazing offering from Spain and from importer Eric Solomon.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Izadi Rioja Reserva
On Sale $14.99
A 100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in American and French oak, the 2011 Reserva is an outstanding value showing beautiful black and red currant fruits, high-quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and loamy soil undertones. Deep, medium to full-bodied, very pure, rich and concentrated, this is a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 3-4 years.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva
On Sale $22.99
It is a Rioja that mixes the traditional and modern character with ripe fruit and contains oak aromas that are quite spicy and have some toast and smoke that should integrate with a bit of time in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied, has clean flavors that are balanced with sweet tannins. This is easy to drink, pleasant but not banal, and delivers a lot for its price… Year after year, one of the most reliable and affordable Reservas.
91+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Bodegas Teso la Monja “Romanico,” Toro
On Sale $14.99
The 2012 Romanico (1,500 cases produced) is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo), and is aged for six months in a combination of new and used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb richness as well as lots of blackberry, charcoal and cassis intermixed with licorice, new saddle leather, pepper and bouquet garni. This nearly viscous red should drink beautifully for 7-10 years.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

One of our Best Spanish Bargains

2014 Bodegas Breca “Garnacha de Fuego,” Aragon
On Sale $7.99
Dark purple. Deeply pitched cherry, cassis and pipe tobacco aromas are brightened by floral and peppery spice qualities. Cherry compote and plum jam flavors coat the palate, with juicy acidity providing shape and back-end cut. Gains focus as well as depth with air and finishes sweet, smooth and quite long, with fine-grained tannins adding grip. Pretty serious in style for a Garnacha and a seriously great value as well.
90 Points, Vinous Media