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VARA

VARA
2019 Tempranillo, Spain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.2%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

VARA
2019 Tempranillo, Spain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.2%
Dark ruby color. Inviting, oaky aromas of black olives, pickled cherries, cola, bourbon barrel, and gremolata with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length pickled tomato and leather finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid everyday Tempranillo with pure Spanish flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: black olives, pickled cherries, cola, bourbon barrel, and gremolata
Taste Flavor: pickled tomato and leather
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid everyday Tempranillo with pure Spanish flavors.

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.