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El Gringo

El Gringo
2019 Tempranillo, Vino de Castilla

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15.99

El Gringo
2019 Tempranillo, Vino de Castilla

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14%
Deep purple color. Aromas of charred cedar, plum, blistered berries, tobacco, and savory spices with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length olive tapenade, vanilla creme, and roasted nuts finish with heavy oak flavor. A fruit-forward and oaky Tempranillo that brings New World style to an Old World grape.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: charred cedar, plum, blistered berries, tobacco, and savory spices
Taste Flavor: olive tapenade, vanilla creme, and roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward and oaky Tempranillo that brings new world style to an old world grape.

The Importer

Hammeken Cellars USA

The Importer
10398 Brenna Court
Marshall, VA 20115
USA
1 540-270-4873

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.