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Bodegas Soledad

Bodegas Soledad
2015 Solmayor Crianza, Tempranillo, Uclés DO

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
Best Buy

Bodegas Soledad
2015 Solmayor Crianza, Tempranillo, Uclés DO

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Medium garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered raisin, banana peel, dried dark fruits, toasted pine nuts, butterscotch drizzle, and eucalyptus and cedar with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of balsamic glaze and brioche crouton with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Dried fruits reign in this dark and concentrated Tempranillo.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered raisin, banana peel, dried dark fruits, toasted pine nuts, butterscotch drizzle, and eucalyptus and cedar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of balsamic glaze and brioche crouton
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Braised Argentine Steaks, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Dried fruits reign in this dark and concentrated Tempranillo.

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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.