Friday, June 14, 2013

Torre De Gazate Cosecha 2011 LaMancha Spain Tempranillo

Who really digs Tempranillo? Yes this guy and what better than a Spanish Tempranillo (sample provided). La Mancha is not only one of Spains largest wine regions but the oldest. Soils are high in limestone and chalk which allow the vines a perfect water supply. Tempranillo is the most popular wine variety from this region and yes there are other grapes grown as well.

On the nose a nice smokey dusty oak and plum dominate. I pick up some blackberry, raspberry, cherry along with tobacco, herbal notes and a touch of leather. As the wine opens the red fruit really shows its character.

Delicious blackberry, raspberry and plum with a nice little toasty vanilla character. The finish is soft dominated by the plum and earthy herbs. I served this wine with a rustic beef stew, root vegetables and fresh herbs. The wine and the food were a big hit. Try serving the wine with grilled cheese burgers too.

Spanish wine.....have you tasted some lately!


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