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Stina’s Cellars

Stina’s Cellars
2013 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Stina’s Cellars
2013 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Fruity, toasty savory aromas of dark fruits - black cherries, blonde tobacco - mint, dried herbs - Xmas pies not quite mince meat, and pine cones - cedar with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Lots of Gran Reserva Rioja-like character here.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & full
Aroma Aroma: dark fruits - black cherries, blonde tobacco - mint, dried herbs - Xmas pies not quite mince meat, and pine cones - cedar
Taste Flavor: warming, complex, medium-length
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Lots of Gran Reserva Rioja-like character here.

The Producer

Stinas Cellars

The Producer
9316 Lakeview Ave SW, Ste B
Lakewood, WA 98499
USA
1 253-227-9748

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.