Friday, February 01, 2008

Tupungato Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the "signature" grape of Spain and is not commonly seen from other regions. It can make superb, age worthy wines - such as those from Ribera del Duero, Rioja and other Spanish appelations - that rival wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon. This Argentinian Tempranillo came to my attention recently and the price was right. The Finca El Retiro, Reserva Especial, Tempranillo, Tupungato 2004 costs a measly $15. For this you get a wine made from 80 year old vines!!. Fresh violets on the nose, the initial attack is rather dull, but on the mid palate there is clean fruit with hints of licorice leading into a pretty reasonable finish. This is all backed up by moderate tannins.
It softened up with time and would benefit from decanting. It's going to be interesting to try in a couple of years.
A "good" wine and a really good effort for the price...I bought six more!


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