Full Review

Tarantas

Tarantas
2016 NSA, Tempranillo, Utiel Requena DO

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13% RS: .148%
No Sulfites & USDA Organic
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
Best Buy

Tarantas
2016 NSA, Tempranillo, Utiel Requena DO

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13% RS: .148%
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed blackberries, baked mixed fruit, and taro root with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish imparting notes of chocolate nougat and candied almonds with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit-packed Tempranillo for warm climate red lovers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: stewed blackberries, baked mixed fruit, and taro root
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate nougat and candied almonds
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Goulash, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-packed Tempranillo for warm climate red lovers.

The Importer

Natural Merchants, Inc.

The Importer
560-A NE F St, Suite 330
Grants Pass, OR 97526
USA
1 530-554-2333

Their Portfolio

89 Azul de Bobal 2016 Bobal, Utiel Requena DO 13% (Spain) $14.99.
89 Capela Santa Margarida 2016 Red Blend, Alentejo 14% (Portugal) $14.99.
88 Elodie 2017 Cuvée Florale Rosé, Côtes de Provence 14% (France) $24.99.
85 En Memoire du Malbec 2016 Malbec, Bordeaux AOC 13% (France) $14.99.
83 Fattoria di Romignano 2018 Chianti DOCG 12.5% (Italy) $15.99.
87 Frederick 2015 Spumante Brut, Chardonnay, Italy 11% (Italy) $14.99.
89 Giancarlo Ceci 2017 Parco Naturale Red Blend, Castel del Monte DOC 13.5% (Italy) $12.99.
86 Giancarlo Ceci 2017 Parco Naturale White Blend, Castel del Monte DOC 12.5% (Italy) $12.99.
85 Giancarlo Ceci 2018 Parco Naturale White Blend, Castel del Monte DOC 12.5% (Italy) $10.99.
91 Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled, Malbec, Luján de Cuyo 13% (Argentina) $13.99.
87 Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled, Bonarda, Luján de Cuyo 13.5% (Argentina) $13.99.
83 Inkarri 2016 White Blend Estate Bottled, Luján de Cuyo 13.5% (Argentina) $13.99.
90 Inkarri 2016 Red Blend Estate Bottled, Luján de Cuyo 13.5% (Argentina) $13.99.
92 Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Franc, Luján de Cuyo 13% (Argentina) $13.99.
84 Inkarri 2016 Winemaker’s Reserve, Malbec, Luján de Cuyo 14% (Argentina) $17.99.
86 Inkarri 2017 Estate Grown White Blend, Luján de Cuyo 13.5% (Argentina) $13.99.
86 Inkarri 2018 Rosé, Luján de Cuyo 13% (Argentina) $13.99.
85 Inkarri 2018 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 14% (Argentina) $13.99.
84 Inkarri 2018 Red Blend Estate Bottled, Mendoza 14% (Argentina) $13.99.
85 Inkarri 2018 Estate Bottled, Bonarda, Luján de Cuyo 12.5% (Argentina) $13.99.
81 Inkarri 2017 Estate Bottled, Petit Verdot, Luján de Cuyo 13.5% (Argentina) $13.99.
88 Koyle Costa La Flor 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 12.5% (Chile) $16.99.
88 Koyle Costa La Flor 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 12.5% (Chile) $16.99.
85 Koyle Royale 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley 14.5% (Chile) $24.99.
86 Niña Bonita NV Organic Spanish Sangria, Valencia 8% (Spain) $11.99.
88 Paloma Rose 2017 Sparkling, Italy 11% (Italy) $15.99.
88 Paloma Rose 2018 Sparkling, Veneto IGP 11% (Italy) $16.99.
84 Pizzolato 2016 Moscato, Italy 7% (Italy) $12.99.
88 Pizzolato 2016 Pinot Grigio, Veneto IGT 12% (Italy) $11.99.
88 Pizzolato 2016 Paloma Rosé Secco Spumante, Italy 11% (Italy) $14.99.
92 Pizzolato 2016 Chianti Classico DOCG 12.5% (Italy) $12.99.
89 Pizzolato 2018 Pinot Grigio, Venezia DOC 12% (Italy) $11.99.
88 Pizzolato 2018 Sparkling Dessert Wine, Moscato 6.5% (Italy) $14.99.
87 Pizzolato 2018 Chardonnay, Venezia DOC 12% (Italy) $12.99.
86 Pizzolato 2018 NSA, Merlot, Veneto IGT 12% (Italy) $13.99.
84 Pizzolato 2018 NSA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Veneto IGT 12% (Italy) $13.99.
85 Pizzolato 2018 NSA Rosso Convento, Veneto IGT 12% (Italy) $13.99.
87 Pizzolato Fields 2016 Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $12.99.
87 Pizzolato Fields 2016 Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $13.99.
89 Pizzolato Fields 2018 Brut Spumante, Prosecco 11% (Italy) $14.99.
86 Sofos 2015 Greek Red Wine, Korinthos 13% (Greece) $12.99.
84 Sofos 2016 Greek White Wine, Peloponnese 13% (Greece) $12.99.
88 Sofos 2016 Red Blend, Korinthos 13% (Greece) $12.99.
85 Sofos 2017 Red Blend, Korinthos 13% (Greece) $13.99.
89 Sofos 2018 White Blend, Peloponnese 13% (Greece) $13.99.
84 Stefany 2015 Extra Dry, Prosecco DOC 11.5% (Italy) $14.99.
85 Tarantas 2015 Cava DO 11.5% (Spain) $13.99.
88 Tarantas 2016 Sparkling Rosé, Utiel Requena DO 12.0% (Spain) $9.99.
87 Tarantas 2016 Rosé, Utiel Requena DO 12.5% (Spain) $11.99.
85 Tarantas 2016 Sparkling White, Utiel Requena DO 10% (Spain) $9.99.
92 Tarantas 2014 Crianza, Tempranillo, Utiel Requena DO 13% (Spain) $11.99.
86 Tarantas 2016 NSA, Tempranillo, Utiel Requena DO 13% (Spain) $11.99.
86 Tarantas 2017 Sparkling Rosé, Bobal, Spain 12% (Spain) $10.99.
89 Tarantas 2016 Crianza, Tempranillo, Valencia 13% (Spain) $11.99.
85 Tarantas 2018 Sparkling White, Valencia 11.5% (Spain) $10.99.
89 Vertvs 2014 Crianza, Tempranillo, Valencia 13% (Spain) $14.99.
89 Vertvs 2017 Cabernet-Tempranillo, Valencia 13.5% (Spain) $12.99.
85 Vertvs 2017 Tempranillo, Valencia 13.5% (Spain) $12.99.

Tempranillo

Wine Glass Zinfandel.jpg
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.