Full Review

Don Ernesto

Don Ernesto
2015 Clarinet , Tempranillo, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32
Cellar Selection

Don Ernesto
2015 Clarinet , Tempranillo, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered dried cherry, bookshelf, and ivory with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with light oak flavor. A simple red quaffer that will hit the spot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered dried cherry, bookshelf, and ivory
Taste Flavor: chocolate covered dried cherry, bookshelf, and ivory
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pastrami Sandwich, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A simple red quaffer that will hit the spot.

The Producer

Don Ernesto

The Producer
4160 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558-1118
USA
1 707-252-0781

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.