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Melior de Matarromera

Melior de Matarromera
2016 Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$17.99
Cellar Selection

Melior de Matarromera
2016 Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dark black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate pomegranates, caramelized nuts, and hint of roasted pepper with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-length finish revealing notes of cranberry and cedar plank with earthy, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A solid, tannic Spanish red best with a prime cut of meat.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Non-Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dark chocolate pomegranates, caramelized nuts, and hint of roasted pepper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cranberry and cedar plank
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid, tannic Spanish red best with a prime cut of meat.

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.