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VARA

VARA
2017 Tempranillo, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39

VARA
2017 Tempranillo, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dark garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries, spice rub, and olives with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length roasted berries, walnut creme, baguette with tapenade, and gherkins finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty New World Tempranillo with good varietal character.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried cherries, spice rub, and olives
Taste Flavor: roasted berries, walnut creme, baguette with tapenade, and gherkins
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Sausages, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty new world Tempranillo with good varietal character.

The Producer

Vara Wines

The Producer
315 Alameda Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
USA
1 505-898-6280

Their Portfolio

BR VARA 2018 Vino Blanco Espanol, Viura, Spain 13.2% (Spain) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR VARA NV New Mexico Rose Wine, New Mexico 17% (USA) $32.00. - Bronze Medal
85 VARA 2018 Garnacha Rosado, Grenache, Spain 13.5% (Spain) $18.00.
88 VARA 2017 Tempranillo, American 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
88 VARA 2018 Albarino, American 13.5% (USA) $27.00.
89 VARA NV Silverhead Brut, Cava DO 11.5% (Spain) $18.00.
89 VARA NV Silverhead Brut Reserva, Cava DO 11.5% (Spain) $23.00.
88 VARA 2019 Tempranillo, Spain 14.2% (Spain) $18.00.
85 VARA 2019 Grenache, Spain 14.2% (Spain) $18.00.
89 VARA 2019 Viura, Spain 13.2% (Spain) $17.00.

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.