Having sat down and discussed wines recently with dad and then gone one to write the post The Best Wines To Serve with Meats At Christmas I thought I would write another wine post. This is a mixed list of wines I’d love to try and others I like that you might like to try.
A Brief Back Story
Many many years ago my father owned a travel agency. He specialised with holidays in Spain and Portugal. As you can imagine he would be packing his bags often to meet up with this client and that client and would take him out to be wined and dined during business meetings and vice versa.
We would often go on holidays to Spain and Portugal and from a young age developed a love for the country and also the food. Since then I have travelled to Spain and Portugal with others and enjoyed the sun, sea and foods and drinks that always seem to taste so much better in the country of origin being enjoyed in a chiringuito overlooking the sea or a picturesque area. Fortunately one thing we can take home with us or buy locally is the wine.
One of the wines that would often feature on menus was Tempranillo (temp-ra-neo) wines. The Tempranillo grape is the main red grape variety used in Rioja’s red wines. It has a savoury flavour, with hints of leather, tobacco leaves, and fruit flavours including redcurrant, pomegranate, and mulberry. Tempranillo is also grown in other counties where it is also very popular for making the distinctive red wines Gran Reserva wines which are really good.
The great thing is that there’s a red wine based on Tempranillo that will impress just about everyone no matter what your budget is.
Classic examples of Tempranillo wines include Rioja’s Gran Reserva wines which are really lovely and also very popular.
Tempranillo Wines Wish List
El Circo Tempranillo 2016, Cariñena – £7.99 (£6.99 until 31st Dec)
This wine really lets the drinker appreciate the full flavour of the grapes in the wine. With overtones of cherry and blackberry this delicious fruity Tempranillo red wine is one that can easily enjoyed with a meal during the week.
Villa del Camino Rioja Joven 2016 – £7.99
Joven (meaning young) Rioja wines are fantastic to serve with various meals. Wines like these in their first or second year of life are fresh primarily with fruity characteristics, rather than the complexity which comes from oak and age.
Maximo Tempranillo 2014, Castilla La Mancha – £7.99
La Mancha is the world’s largest grape-growing region. That makes it the source of some exceptional value wines. Here it’s red cherry that dominates, with a vanilla and tobacco note too.
Suelo Argentino Tempranillo-Malbec 2016, Malbec – £8.99 (£6.99 until 31st Dec)
The combination of Tempranillo and Malbec (grapes) result in a wine with more depth, colour, and robustness. Plums meet cherries, with hints of spice in this remarkably good value South American red wine. For an evening in try serving with a cheese and salami platter.
Faustino Rivero Ullecia Crianza 2013, Utiel-Requena – £8.99 (£6.99 until 31st Dec)
Some grape varieties blend well with others and others are best left to themselves. Tempranillo works exceptionally well with others. In the Utiel-Requena Spanish wine region it is often blended with Bobal grapes. The mix gives the wine a wonderful deep red colour and more rounded feel.
Villa del Camino Rioja Reserva 2010 – £12.99 (£11.69 until 31st Dec)
For a night in with friends this can go down a treat. The Rioja reserva wines contain only the best quality grapes, with the wine aged for at least three years, of which one must be in cask, and six months in bottle (minimum). This goes nicely with a selection of finger nibbles consisting of olives, nuts and various salamis and crudites.
Marqués de Burgos Roble 2014, Ribera del Duero – £13.99 (£11.89 until 31st Dec)
I do love Rioja wines but I also like to sample wines from other regions. A dinner party introduced me to this particular wine. Six months in French and American oak gives it a fine vanilla undertone, whilst Tempranillo from old vines adds a rich, bramble fruit character.
The Hedonist Tempranillo 2017, McLaren Vale – £16.49 (£14.79 until 31st Dec)
I have yet to try this but hope to soon. It’s made in Australia’s McLaren Vale region. Biodynamically farmed grapes produce a red wine that lives up to its name. Sour cherry, hints of cinnamon, and finely-grained tannins combine in a superb example of Tempranillo.
Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande 2015, Douro – £16.95
Portugal also makes some pretty impressive Tempranillo-based wines. This one is grand like its namesake. It’s one of Portugal’s best red wines and I’m sure I’ve even sampled some in it’s home country. It’s well priced, elegant, velvety and complex. A great one for gifting and for enjoying at home.
Bodegas Navajas Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 – £19.99
As well as being made from the finest fruits these are aged for 60 months, at least two years in oak casks, and two years in bottle. This results in an exceptional complex wine. The wine is well when matched with roast lamb as it helps bring out the flavour in both. Why not give it a go next time you make lamb and see what I mean?
Which wine appeals to you the most from those mentioned?
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