This is the second wine of Pingus, but that doesn't seem fair to call it a "second" wine. Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with plums, cherries, black cherries but also some black licorice and spice. Full bodied. This had been decanting for a few hours and was still young and tannic. On the palate, notes of black cherries, cherries and spice. Very ripe but no noticeable heat or alcohol. Medium tannins. Good finish. This is drinking well now but should still improve over the next ten years. Drink over the next twenty. A nice match for hearty beef or por
This is an inexpensive 100% Tempranillo grape from Spain. It is a modern take on this wine. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries and candied cherries with a slight herbal note. Medium bodied. On the palate, cherries. Simple and one dimensional but enjoyable. Moderate finish. Drink over the next year or two. Better with food, pizza is a nice choice.
This is one of the great wines of the world. It is 100% Tempranillo (locally called Tinto Fino). This particular bottle was a magnum! Wow. It is still quite young and probably could have used a 24 hour decant. That said, it was gorgeous. Purple in color.
This is a Tempranillo wine. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries,black cherries and baking spice. Also some dustiness. On the palate, this has a nice texture. It is warm and dusty with black cherry fruit. Some complexity. Nice finish. This will still get better but it is drinking well right now. Another few years and it should be close to peak. It will go well with roasts and grilled meats.
This was quite popular at our Intowine.com tasting. It is a young wine from Spain made from Tempranillo. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, sea air and just a bit of woodiness. On the palate, this has a nice balance. Light with silky tannins. The wine flutters on the palate. Soft with black cherries and just a bit of anise. It is very tasty with some depth and complexity. It won't get better than this and should be consumed in the next few years.
This is a Spanish wine made from Tinto Fino which is the local name from Tempranillo. It was good to try another bottle as the first was badly corked. This was very nice if a bit young. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, black cherries, dust and cedar. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Bold cherry flavor with underlying char. Good balance. Nice finish. It should continue to evolve for the next five years or so and be good for at least a decade after that. It will go well with foods on the grill.
Moro is one of the top producers in Ribera del Duero. This is their entry level red and is made from Tinto de Toro (a clone of Tempranillo). It spends four months in oak before being bottled. Purple/ruby in color. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, dust and slight dill notes. On the palate, this is very ripe fruit. Very light tannins. Mostly cherries, some sour cherries with some black licorice notes and spice especially on the finish. This is made for immediate drinking and it is fine for that. It will works with stews and foods without strong flavors.
I bought this on the recommendation of Wes at the local wine store. Good call. It was my tasting group's WOTN (#2 for me). And for $25, a pretty good value. Closer to $18 for those in other states with less restrictive laws. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is initially tight but opens with air. Cherries and some dark cherries with a nice dusty quality. On the palate, this has a juicy and lush texture. Medium tannins. Plenty of black cherry fruit. Good finish. A bit more modern in style but not full blown. This works on its own and will work well at the table too.
This is a very modern take on Rioja. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is tight. With air it shows black cherries and black raspberries. Also some spice. On the palate, this is deep and delicious. Firm tannins. Bright black cherry fruit. Blind, I would have probably guessed California Grenache. Still, it is delicious and inexpensive (under $20). It would make a great party wine. Not sure how well this will age. It might be fun to lay a bottle or two down.
From one of my personal favorite wineries of Ribera del Duero. Inky purple in color. The nose has cherries and a slight bell pepper note. Also some spice. On the palate, nice black cherry fruit. Very tannic and youthful. Good balance. It needs time and air. More modern in style. Needs bigger foods. Should last a decade more with ease. At one time, these bottlings cost over $100, so shop around. A quick perusal sees pricing from $38 to $70. In this particular blind tasting of Tempranillo's, this was my WOTN.