Archive for the ‘Tempranillo’ category

M2 de Matallana 2005

December 10, 2008

The M2 de Matallana is Telmo Rodriguez’s second Ribero del Duero wine. From a region where sheer physical weight seems to have become the final goal for many winemakers, M2 de Matallana offers a welcome variation. Although this deep purple coloured wine has still seen 50% new French barriques for 14 months, it effortless combines power with elegance. The nose offers intense aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant, spice, leather, tobacco and smoky minerality, following through to a medium to full-bodied palate with subtle fruit, smooth tannins and ample acidity. This wine shows refinement, balance and complexity, and regarding its quality and friendly price I would put some aside to drink over the next 7-8 years or so. 92 points

Source: The Spanish Acquisition  Price: $75  Drink: Now-2015+


Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2005

December 9, 2008

The popularity of Spanish wines is unstoppable with an ever growing number on offer in both retail and restaurants. Rediscovered varieties from exciting terroirs such as in Priorato, Montsant and Bierzo are currently leading the way, seemingly undergoing the same revolution as Ribero del Duero with new projects mushrooming everywhere. The latter is nearing Rioja’s reputation as the country’s leading Tempranillo producer, its wines marked by incredible concentration, firm tannins and mineral acidity. The rule that these characteristics are magnified in the most prestigious wines can be safely applied as far as Ribero concerns, and Torresilo is no exception. This wine has a near impenetrable deep purple colour and shows a complex nose on which aromas reminiscent of fragrant redcurrant and black cherry are amalgamated with spice, tobacco, licorice and earth. The palate is nothing but big and bold with sweet and concentrated fruit, powerful tannins and fresh acidity nicely balanced. The purity of the fruit in this blockbuster is instantly appealing and seductive, and although this wine is apparently build to age, I would only give it a couple of years to further flesh out and drink it within the next six years or so. 93 points

Source: The Spanish Acquisition  Price: $125  Drink: Now-2015

Other vintages: 2000


Roda Reserva 2004

December 8, 2008

Spain, finally. I’ve had some good  Spanish wines lately and this was one of them. I reckon Bodegas Roda doesn’t need any introduction, however, if you’d like to read a bit more I refer to the excellent tinto y blanco for a detailed profile of this already iconic Rioja producer. Regarding the Roda Reserva 2004, the usual viticultural and wine making principles apply with the final blend for this vintage consisting of  81% Tempranillo, 14% Graciano and 5% Garnacha. The relatively high proportion of Graciano in this deep purple red coloured wine adds a lovely fragrance to a nose displaying aromas of fresh berry fruit, cherry, plum, violet, lavender, vanilla, chocolate, spice and a handful of earth. The full-bodied, dense and tightly knit palate reveals a similar bright fruit profile with more profound oak characters, balanced acidity and velvety tannins that seem to grow forever on the long finish. You can drink this wine now to enjoy its gorgeous primary fruit or cellar it for some years to let the inner Rioja speak. 92 points

Source: The Spanish Aquisition  Price: $85  Drink: Now-2012+


Bodegas Tabula “Damana” 2004

September 1, 2008

Nothing is better than a good independent liquor store but my local Vintage Cellars comes in admittedly handy for last minute purchases. Even more so now the range of imported wines has grown significantly over the last couple of months. For some good everyday drinking wines it’s alright to stay around the $20, for the real interesting stuff you’ve got to be prepared to spend at least $10 more. Most of the time, as you may expect at this price, the leap in quality is worth the money as demonstrated by this smart Crianza from the most western part of Ribera del Duero. Deep purple in the glass this wine offers a mix of cherries, little berry fruit, dried herbs, violets, vanilla and moccha on the nose following through to a tightly knit palate where fresh acidity and compact, grainy tannins lead to a very well balanced finish. This is seriously good, solid and modern style Tempranillo at an attractive price. 89 points

Source: Vintage Cellars  Price: $35  Drink: now-2015


Telmo Rodriguez LZ 2006

January 19, 2008

img_3963.jpgFor a quite some time now I’ve got the intention to drink more Spanish wines but somehow I’ve managed to blow my precious resources on French and Italian ones over the last months. That’s no real excuse considering there are more easy drinking, juicy joven Tempranillos available than ever before at more than reasonable prices. The LZ is Rodriguez’ example from Rioja, a wine that shows all the hallmarks of this style. Deep purple in colour the nose reveals a lot of dark and juicy berries, dried herbs and some earth while the palate is silky and round with lovely fruit tannins adding the necessary texture. Although the absence of oak enhances the warmth of the alcohol the finish is still deliciously soft and satisfying. 88 points

Source: Spanish Aquisition/Liquid Library  Price: $29.99  Drink: Now-2010

Roda I Reserva 2003

October 16, 2007

img_3678.jpgBodegas Roda is undoubtedly one of Spain’s most exciting in terms of philosophy, innovative research and above all the quality of the wines. Sourced from no less than 17 different vineyards, vinified seperately and blended into a final wine, the transformation from Tempranillo grapes into Roda I is a proces not dissimilar to the one from Chardonnay into vintage Champagne. The analogy between the two stops abrupt when terroir is taken into consideration, important for Roda and virtually irrelevant for Champagnes where the expression of a certain housestyle is all that matters. However, I’m not sure whether to consider the Roda I as a true regional expression of Tempranillo or as a balanced Vino de alta expresión designed to meet the international demand for big and concentrated wines. This philosophical debate seems futile though when you only look at the qualitity of this opaque coloured wine in which intense and bright aromas of sweet ripe plum and blackcurrants are married with notes of liquorice, mocca and spicy oak. The same concentration of sweet fruit is shown on the palate that is a big and silky expression of minerally and earthy elegance, despite a hefty 14,5%  alcohol. Packed with harmonious flavours and tannins another dimension of complexity screams to be released over the next couple of years so be patient with this one. 94 points.

Source: The Spanish Aquisition Liquid Library  Price: $135  Drink: 2009-2017


Cillar de Silos Joven 2006

July 25, 2007

Looking for a clear aroma and flavour profile in Tempranillo can be literally fruitless. This is even harder when the fruit is masked by oak although a lot of Joven wines also tend to be dominated by earthy and leathery characters. The Cillar de Silos Joven 2006 is a completely different wine in which fruit plays the starring role. Fragrant cherries, plums and blackcurrants leap out of the glass while liquorice and earthy nuances play a more supporting role. This clear defined fruit is found back on the palate that is round and supple with grainy tannins while a lively mineral acidity keeps everything fresh and balanced. The long, concentrated and satisfying finish  shows that this modestly priced wine really has a lot to offer. 89 points.

Source: The Spanish Aquisition  Price: $29  Drink: Now