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Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo

Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo Wine Details
Price: $29.00 per bottle

Description: This Tempranillo is a light red with an earthy mineral nose and a hint of mushroom. The color is brick red to purple with a medium body and a moderate spiciness to the finish. Made with fruit from the Texas High Plains, the wine was fermented in steel tanks and aged for one year using new French and American oak barrels.

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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