Youthful and modern, this 100% Tinto Fino was aged 12 months in a combination of French and American oak, lending a toasty charry quality to the black cherry profile. Full-bodied and with big grippy tannins, this is a perfect wine for robust meals. Pair with grilled red meats - lamb or steak and roasted eggplant and portobellos.
California Cabernet fans looking to discover Old World wines should look no further than Ribera del Duero, just north of Madrid. Here you'll find Tempranillo, locally known as Tinto Fino. The intense dark fruit of the El Pedrosal is smoothed by American and French oak for 12 months, imparting notes of mocha and vanilla. The Crianza label requires one year of aging in oak barrels and an additional year in the bottle. This is just enough time in the barrel to smooth the tannins from the intense fruit while still keeping the fresh violet aroma and ripe black cherry flavor. Impress friends at your next BBQ with this phenomenal pairing.
Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...
A.k.a. Cencibel. Just about synonymous with Spanish wine, the red Tempranillo grape has now fully won over the hearts and minds of critics and amateur oenophiles all over the world. The best bottles are powerful and ageworthy, and are beginning to fetch prices you'd never have expected from Spanish wines just a few years ago. Tempranillo is often used in blends with Bordeaux grapes such as...
This region is home to perhaps the most famed and acclaimed Spanish wine in history, the incomparable Vega Sicilia. Indeed for the better part of the twentieth century, Vega Sicilia was the single most expensive wine in Spain and, largely, the country’s major claim to fame on the international market. It wasn’t until 1972 that other winemakers began to creep into the region, but now the Ribera...
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