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Pleasures of the #GrapeDay – Delicious Tempranillo

November 15, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

2004 Viña Mayor Ribera del Duero Once again I’m confessing my love for the “grape holidays” – knowing that the day has a special dedication to the specific grape variety makes selection of the wine to drink a much easier process. It also creates a feeling of the “special moment”, thus forcing you to open that-special-bottle-saved-for-the-special-occasion. Last grape holiday, the #GrenacheDay, prompted me to open a special bottle which was a lucky occasion, as the wine was about to turn over the hill.

Two days ago we were celebrating Tempranillo, a noble grape of Spain. Tempranillo is the most planted red grape in Spain, with the best and most famous wines coming from Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toro regions. But over the last decade, Tempranillo lost its status of Spain’s exclusive treasure – it spread all over the world, with Australia, Texas, Oregon, California, Washington and other regions producing world-class wines.

Now, to select the bottle of wine for the proper celebration, one have to go to their own cellar or the local wine store – of course, with the exception of the lucky ones who live in a close proximity of the right winery. Unless you actually live in Texas, Oregon or Washington, your chances of finding those Tempranillo wines in the store are pretty much non existent. So for me, the choice was simple – Spain. I love Spanish wines, especially Rioja – and my cellar shows that. For the most of the day, my plan was to open the Rioja bottle in the evening – I was thinking about 2003 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi, which I had before and it was outstanding, despite a very difficult growing year. But then many of the twitter friends stated that they plan to open Ribera del Duero wines – and it got me thinking – do I have any options? Not a lot, but I do have a few bottles of Ribera del Duero, so actually, why not?

The bottle I pulled was 2004 Viña Mayor Reserva Ribera del Duero DO (13.5% ABV, ~$20). I was under impression that I wrote about this wine before in this blog – nope, I didn’t. The 2004 was an excellent year in Ribera del Duero, and Viña Mayor is an excellent producer. You put two and two together and what do you get? Five, of course! I love it when my wife takes a sip of the wine and says “wow” – one thing is to enjoy the wine by yourself, and it is totally different experience when someone else shares your enthusiasm – and it is not easy to impress my wife that much. Beautiful dark fruit on the nose, touch of herbs. The palate is just “wow” – multiple layers of fruit, touch of espresso, firm, dense, perfectly present, youthful, fresh, excellent acidity and overall very balanced. I’m glad I have another bottle – but it will have to wait for a while. Drinkability: 8+

There you have it, my friends – another successful grape holiday. How was your #TempranilloDay? Share your special moments, don’t be shy!

By the way, in case you are wondering – the next grape holiday is coming! #ZinfandelDay is on November 19th – luckily, you still have a bit of time to prepare. Cheers!

  1. November 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I guess I missed it! Though every day is Tempranillo day at our house 🙂

    • talkavino
      November 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

      That sounds good! Do you have a preference in terms of region? Do you make your own?

      • November 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        I asked my husband and he said Ribera del Duero- he’s the fan of Spanish wine in our house. And yes, for our family label, we make a Tempranillo- we have a 4 acre lot of it.

        • talkavino
          November 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

          cool! One day I will have to plan my California visit the way that I will be able to make it to your area and visit the winery…

        • November 19, 2014 at 10:36 pm

          We would love to meet you in person, Anatoli if you make it out this way 🙂

  2. November 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Missed it, but will make up for it soon – likely a Washington interpretation.

    • talkavino
      November 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

      I’m sure. From the new harvest? 🙂

      • November 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

        We have a few in the wine cooler so likely from there. I worked with Italian & French varietals this year.

  3. November 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’m starting to enjoy Tempranillo more and more 🙂 But I tend to prefer Rioja over RdD

  4. November 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I do love rioja,have a bottle I have been holding onto to, not sure why really. Glad you opened your Ribera, sounds really good, I need to get a few more bottles and open what I have.

    • talkavino
      November 18, 2014 at 2:47 am

      If you have a good Rioja, no need to open it – it can last for the very long time… Just get another bottle to open 🙂

      • November 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Here is what I have Rioja, 2001 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia would you hold onto it? I’ve had it for a year thought I might open for Thanksgiving but I have a magnum of Christian Bernard Black Gamay Beaujolais.

        • talkavino
          November 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

          Okay, so 2001 was a magnificent year in Rioja, so the wine you have should drink beautifully now, or in 20 – 30 years. Considering that you have only one bottle – open it, don’t sit on it. If you like it immensely, PJ Wine still has it available for $35 :). And the Gamay of course sounds wonderful. By the way – my advice will cost you – now you have to promise to write a blog post about your wine experience after you will open that Rioja :). And it might be on the subject of Serendipity… Just saying…

        • November 19, 2014 at 8:11 am

          I plan on opening both the Gamay and the Rioja and I promise to write a blog post about the experience. I have been waiting a year to open that wine and can’t wait. I am so excited to try it. I did hear that 2001 was a great year.

        • talkavino
          November 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

          Great! Looking forward reading about your experience!

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