why we're drinking tempranillo today

As much as we love Pinot, Syrah & Cabernet, if we had to choose one red grape varietal to drink for the rest of our lives it would be Tempranillo.

We drink wine by how we feel and the occasion we're in. We like to start with something on the lighter side and finish big, we do not start big and finish with even bigger, unless of course someone else is paying.

Starting with something light and fresh, then choose a Tempranillo from a more moderate weathered region that often produces light to medium style of reds. If ballsy is what you're after, then choose a wine from the sun-baked climate that bangs out Tempranillo as big and bold as any Shiraz.

 

If you're price conscience because you've kept your money in the bank and not invested into Bitcoin, then we can't think of another grape varietal that can produce so many quality wines at affordable prices.

Here are just a few we recommend...

Light bodied Tempranillo

Bodegas Mateos - D.O.Ca Rioja 

A family winery currently run by the seventh generation. Bodegas D.Mateos combine tradition with innovation. With 100 hectares of vineyards they grow a range of varietals, with Tempranillo dominant and under the Rioja ageing
regimen.

 

BUY 6 Bottles of Red - Was $59  now $29.5 per bottle

2016 ‘Valcendon’, Crianza,

80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 10% Graciano,

D.O.Ca Rioja
 

After aging for 14 months in 225-liter French oak barrels, the wine remains 12 months in the bottle. Upper middle layer color with intense violet tones. High aromatic intensity, vanilla, coconut, leathers and roasted (coffee) and a light cherry base. In the mouth it is long and very broad, silky. Red fruit and vanilla aftertaste, with a sweet and pleasant finish.
 

Cheap & Cheerful

Arnegui - D.O.Ca Rioja 

 

BUY 6 Bottles of Red - Was $22  now $14.3 per bottle

2018 ‘Arnegui Joven 

100% Tempranillo

D.O.Ca Rioja
 

Intense cherry color with violet tones, fruity aroma of sweet cherries and blackberries. The aromas are perfectly reflected in the mouth, with additional touches of violet and licorice. Very smooth with harmonious tannins and subtle sweet spice notes in the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

 

No Barrel aging.
 

Medium & Spice

Romantica - D.O. Ribera Del Duero

 

BUY 6 Bottles of Red - Was $39  now $27.3 per bottle

2016  Bardos Romantica

100% Tempranillo

D.O.  Ribera del Duero
 

Tasting: Thick, elegant and silky. Mouthfull of plums, strawberries, prunes and pepper spice with delicate tannins. A classic Ribera wine that comes from old parcels in Quintanilla de Onésimo. Medium to full.

 

Aging: Crianza - 14 months in used French Oak.
 

Big Daddy

MATSU RECIO - D.O. TORO

 

BUY 6 Bottles of Red - Was $55  now $35.75 per bottle

2017   Matus Recio

100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)

D.O.   Toro
 

Recio is a large wine of great finesse. Nose with an intense aroma of chocolate, black fruits and vanilla. In the mouth it has a surprising, silky and round taste, very creamy with slight hints of glycerin. Subtle aftertaste of fruit and mineral notes. It is a powerful and heavy wine, but at the same time easy to drink during the right moment.

 

Aging: Crianza - 14 months in used French Oak.
 

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LOS TRES DONAS - D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO

 

BUY 6 Bottles of Red - Was $95  now $66.5 per bottle

2014   Los Tres Donas

100% Tinta Fina (Tempranillo)
 

Tasting: Situated a stone's throw from Spain's most famous winery, Vega Sicila, this wine is sitting up there as one of the region's best Tempranillo wines under $100. There is an abundance of red fruit, vanilla & blackberry spice. An ambitious wine that certainly delivers in spades. Worth every cent.

Bodega: Pago de Valdemojas

Aging: 14 months French & Hungarian 255l & 500L oak barrels 

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