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Castillo de Albai

Castillo de Albai
2011 Reserva, Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Chocolate Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13.99
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Castillo de Albai
2011 Reserva, Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Chocolate Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5%
Garnet black color. Toasty, complex aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, dark chocolate, spiced berries, and sarsaparilla and leather with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length caramel apple, nuts, earth, and menthol mint finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A delightfully balanced and flavorful Rioja.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: buttery nut brittle, dark chocolate, spiced berries, and sarsaparilla and leather
Taste Flavor: caramel apple, nuts, earth, and menthol mint
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Mole Chicken, Grilled Pepper Steak, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delightfully balanced and flavorful tempranillo.
The Producer or Importer

Prestige Wine & Spirits Group

The Producer or  Importer
1999 Shepard Road
Saint Paul, MN 55116
USA
1 651-649-5823
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.
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