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Tempranillo Wine Details

Description: The 2003 Tempranillo shows classic spicy aromas and earthy flavors of dried currant, black fig, and toasty oak. Ripe, well-integrated tannins and a firm structure lead to a lingering finish of focused red fruit and espresso. As with any fine Rioja, Tempranillo is a food-friendly wine, pairing best with grilled meats and savory Mediterranean dishes. The 2003 vintage should age gracefully for five to seven years.

Varietal Definition
The Tempranillo is to Rioja what Pinot Noir is to Burgundy. By far Spain's most noble indigenous grape it has similar characteristics to the Pinot - strawberries when young, earthy vegetal when mature - and it ages very well. It ripens early ('temprana' is the Spanish for 'early') is thick-skinned and gives good colour and extract but low alcohol and acidity. In Rioja it is blended with the more fiery Garnacha and a little Mazuelo and Graciano. It is grown throughout Spain but very much as a grape for blending as opposed to a straight varietal. Outside Spain the grape is quite prolific in Argentina and to a lesser extent in California.


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