So tonight I'm taking a detour to Spain, since I missed Tempranillo day last Thursday. I picked up this bottle a month or so ago from the World Market, had an interesting label and it was under $10, so I figured why not give it a shot? After all, a nice tempranillo can compliment a wide variety of dishes, large or small!
The wine is a deep purple color in the glass, with some lighter ruby along the edges. The nose is very sweet, with aromas of black currant, vanilla, baking spice and a hint of root beer or all things. The taste is somewhat fruit forward, with ripe berry and cherry cola flavors transitioning to a bit of anise, dried herbs and a hint of oak. The tannins are supple, making for a lush mouthfeel and a smooth, dry finish that lasts a bit longer than I expected.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7, especially considering the value price. It would pair nicely with a variety of tapas as well as roasted meats or grilled seafood. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some Maryland style crab cakes, steamed fingerling potatoes and some fresh cauliflower, a wonderful autumn spread!