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Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar

Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar
2017 Tempranillo, La Mancha

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.90
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Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar
2017 Tempranillo, La Mancha

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tempranillo

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Bright deep purple color. Candied aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, boysenberry preserve, vanilla bean panna cotta, peach melba, and sweet basil on honeydew with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a buoyant finish revealing suggestions of graphite with moderate oak flavor. A plush and fruity Tempranillo with table-ready tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: creme de cassis, boysenberry preserve, vanilla bean panna cotta, peach melba, and sweet basil on honeydew
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of graphite
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Kabobs, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A plush and fruity Tempranillo with table-ready tannins.

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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.