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Emina Pasión

Emina Pasión
2016 Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19.99
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Emina Pasión
2016 Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Medium ruby black color. Aromas of serrano ham, root beer, cocoa dusted hazelnut gelato, sweet paprika, and huckleberry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a complex, long dusty leather, fruit leather, apricot stones, dried tobacco leaf, and granite finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fortress of rich deep fruit with walls of tannin flanked by an army of acid; the smoke of battle lingers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: serrano ham, root beer, cocoa dusted hazelnut gelato, sweet paprika, and huckleberry
Taste Flavor: dusty leather, fruit leather, apricot stones, dried tobacco leaf, and granite
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pork, Dry Aged Sirloin Au Poivre, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fortress of rich deep fruit with walls of tannin flanked by an army of acid; the smoke of battle lingers.

The Producer

Bodegas Matarromera

The Producer
Ctra. Renendo-Pesquera KM 30
Valbuena de Duero, Valladolid ES-47359
Spain
34 -983485004/24

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.