What’s in My Glass? More Tempranillo
Spain’s most noble grape, Tempranillo, was one of my first wine loves, and I spent some time revisiting that affair last week at Spain’s Great Match, where pour after pour highlighted the power, finesse and downright sexiness of the grape that has 43 names.
Most interesting was the panel on Ribera Del Duero, a region about 2 hours north of Madrid, where Tempranillo goes by the name Tinto del Pais, and yields vino with intense aromas, strong flavors, and a sexy accent à la Antonio Banderas.
Of the eight wines I repeatedly slurped, I couldn’t get my mind off of the 2010 Viña Pedrosa Crianza. This crimson gem was a combination of leather and a Betty Crocker Graham Cracker pie crust on the nose, that evolved to show serious amounts of baking spice and cedar. Bright red currant flavors and a smooth, yet firm finish made it easy to keep sipping. Ideal for early fall nights, pork chops, and a cozy sweater.