100% Tempranillo from Castilla VT, Castilla La Mancha, Spain.
SRP of $10 and available for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Freixenet USA.
From the bottle:
“Tempranillo (temp-rah-NEE-yo) is Spain’s indelible stamp on the world of wine. The heart of Tapena Tempranillo can be found at night in the winding, noisy, old streets of Madrid. Bars and penas (clubs), filled to standing room only, serve local wines and tapas, and everyone has a fork.
Tapena Tempranillo is like Spain’s famous guitarists, bold yet graceful. This deep purple wine has flavors and aromas of juicy red berries, black cherries and a hint of chocolate that rise from the glass. The smooth finish is rounded with silky tannins. Tapena Tempranillo plays best with grilled lamb skewers, garlic prawns, and broiled salmon. Salud!
The 2012 Tapena Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Tempranillo begins with pleasant aromas of earth, a little bit of green (pyrazine), plum and a hint of tobacco. Tasting reveals a perfectly pleasant wine featuring blackberry, plum, lavender and dark chocolate. It also has a dry, grippy texture that is still smooth and easy to drink. It ends dry with lingering tart blackberry flavors. Nicely balanced and a heck of a good wine for only $8!
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