International Tempranillo Day
Tomorrow is International Tempranillo Day, which I implore you to celebrate. Native to Spain, this wildly diverse food-pairing wine will first hit you with hints of leather and cherry, but has a mild and smooth finish. As you gulp down each sip, soft tannins will linger on both sides of your mouth. While similar in taste to Sangiovese and even Cabernet Sauvignon, this black grape variety is significantly lighter in body. With medium acidity and some oak, Tempranillo will also be a welcome addition at your Thanksgiving table. But if you’re feeling particularly spirited today, go to your local liquor shop, and pick up a bottle of Tempranillo. Here are some great ones:
Bodegas Franco-Españolas 2008 Tempranillo, Bordón Reserva, Rioja $15
Smooth, clean and rich with juicy plum and racy acidity; spice, balance and lovely integration; mellow, fresh and silky; long and bright.
Marqués de Cáceres 2012 Tempranillo, MC, Rioja $31
Bright and juicy with lovely spice, berry fruit and bright acidity.
Lleiroso 2008 Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, $65
Juicy and crisp; lively and bright; plum and raspberry; long.
Happy International Tempranillo Day!