Full Review

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
2016 Limited Release, Tempranillo, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .4%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24

Biltmore Estate
2016 Limited Release, Tempranillo, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .4%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, blackberry meringue pie, leather, and orange blossom honeycomb with an bright, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long finish that shows notes of cedar and spiced roasted nuts with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toothsome and varietally correct tempranillo that is drinking well now and will improve with time.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: pistachio nougat, blackberry meringue pie, leather, and orange blossom honeycomb
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cedar and spiced roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Curry, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toothsome and varietally correct tempranillo that is drinking well now and will improve with time.

The Producer

Biltmore Estate Wine Co.

The Producer
One Approach Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
USA
1 828-225-6280

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Tempranillo

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Tempranillo is the principal grape of Rioja, Spain's most famous red wine. The variety has beautiful red cherry, blackberry and mulberry fruit with medium-weight tannins, good acidity and complexity. it is generally aged in older oak barrels in Rioja to soften the wine.

Tempranillo is also grown in other regions of Spain, such as Ribera del Duero and La Mancha. It also produces important wines in Portugal and Argentina and is planted in countries such as Mexico, the United States and Australia.

While there are some lighter versions made for early consumption, a typical Tempranillo ages very well, anywhere from five to seven for a medium-bodied version to twenty to thirty years for a Gran Riserva Rioja. They pair well with most red meats and spicy dishes, from empanadas to game birds.