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Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar

Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar
2013 Crianza, Tempranillo, La Mancha

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12

Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar
2013 Crianza, Tempranillo, La Mancha

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5%
Black ruby color. Aromas of baked plum, mulling spices, and concord grapes with a chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, momentary aromatic barks and prune juice finish with papery, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A desert-like wine for north African cuisine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: baked plum, mulling spices, and concord grapes
Taste Flavor: aromatic barks and prune juice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A desert-like wine for north African cuisine.

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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.