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Licenciado

Licenciado
2014 Riserva, Tempranillo, Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$50

Licenciado
2014 Riserva, Tempranillo, Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and prickly pears with caramel, leather bound book, cornichon, and cactus blossoms with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long finish displaying notes of black raspberry with cocoa, slate, and roasted beets and parsnips with light oak flavor. A complex and seductive Rioja that reveals the depth of its charm after patient aeration.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory
Aroma Aroma: dried berries and prickly pears with caramel, leather bound book, cornichon, and cactus blossoms
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of black raspberry with cocoa, slate, and roasted beets and parsnips
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Lamb Chops, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and seductive Rioja that reveals the depth of its charm after patient aeration.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
1 203-910-8210

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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.