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Valdelosfrailes

Valdelosfrailes
2016 Tempranillo, Cigales

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14.99

Valdelosfrailes
2016 Tempranillo, Cigales

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Medium black violet color. Aromas of avocado seed and skin, dark roasted nuts, and old coffee bean with a supple, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length wood pulp, craisin, and wet paper finish with grippy, hard tannins and heavy oak flavor. A brazenly tannic, rustic tempranillo that is a throwback to an earlier era.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: avocado seed and skin, dark roasted nuts, and old coffee bean
Taste Flavor: wood pulp, craisin, and wet paper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Roast Lamb, Roasted Goat, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A brazenly tannic, rustic tempranillo that is a throwback to an earlier era.

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.