“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Tempranillo

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Tempranillo

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with the “noble grape” of Spain. Remember, this week’s featured wine is available at our winery in Greenwood Village, today ONLY, for a 10% discount. Today’s Featured Wine is: Estate – Tempranillo Tempranillo is a native of Spain that developed through the cultivation Vitis Vinifera by Phoenician settlements in the southern provinces of Spain. The Vitis Vinifera vine is the common ancestor to almost every varietal that is in existence today. Tempranillo is a red-black grape that ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. The grape produces a bold and richly colored red wine with a racy texture that, in addition to standing alone beautifully, is also used as the primary grape for Spanish blends (typically blended with grenache, carignan and, more recently, cabernet sauvignon). Tempranillo is also the key blending wine in ports. Until recently, many believed Tempranillo was related to the pinot noir grape, but recent genetic studies indicate this is probably not true. As recently as the 17th century, the Tempranillo was exclusive to mainland Spain. The vines are fragile, susceptible to disease, and prefer a slightly cooler climate. For these reasons, the northern provinces of Spain were, for many years, the exclusive growth location for the vines. It is believed the grape was originally brought to the Americas, in seed form, by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 17th Century. Despite its fragility, Tempranillo has become established in a surprising number of countries around the world. Currently, Tempranillo has spread as far south in Spain as La Mancha. Our Tempranillo is from the La Mancha region in the south and is characterized by a juicy, fruity quality with bright aromas and flavors of ripe cherries followed by hints of cocoa, vanilla and spice. This wine pairs beautifully with pork, grilled or roasted meat and seafood, chicken wings (BBQ & spicy), lentil or bean soup, burritos, tacos and enchiladas. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below: “http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/preservative-free-wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-tempranillo




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