Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines, and is native to Spain. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish word “temprano” (or early), a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Tempranillo has been grown on the Iberian Peninsula since the time of Phoenician settlements. It is the main grape used in Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain’s “noble” grape. Tempranillo has a relatively neutral profile so it is often aged for extended periods in oak where the wine easily takes on the flavor of the barrel. Varietal examples of Tempranillo usually exhibit flavors of plum and strawberries

José Ayala Salazar began working in his father’s vineyard at the age of six. For the men in his family, growing the finest Tempranillo has been a tradition for as long as anyone can remember.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DOC Rioja
Winery: Labastida, Rioja Alavesa
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo. Vines are between 40-80 years old.
Terrain: Labastida, in the Rioja Alavesa, can be found at the highest, most northern edge of Rioja, were climactic conditions are nearly ideal for wine production. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone, and is made up of mostly southwest facing terraces. Average rainfall is slightly over 15 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 2 months of oak ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 13%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
José Ayala Salazar began working in his father’s vineyard at the age of six. For the men in his family, growing the finest Tempranillo has been a tradition for as long as anyone can remember.
Tasting notes
Color: Deep garnet.
Nose: Initially you notice explosive, bright fruit: blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Palate: This young wine is vibrant, lively on the palate, and an ideal complement to cheese, pasta, light meats or pizza.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: March 2014
Aintxane Prieto Uriarte and her husband own a family vineyard in Labastida, right in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. The property has been handed down from generation to generation, in a region where making wine is much more than a job, it is a tradition.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DOC Rioja
Winery: Labastida, Rioja Alavesa
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo. Vines are between 40-80 years old.
Terrain: Labastida, in the Rioja Alavesa, can be found at the highest, most northern edge of Rioja, were climactic conditions are nearly ideal for wine production. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone, and is made up of mostly southwest facing terraces. Average rainfall is slightly over 15 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 12 months in French and American oak, followed by 24 months of bottle ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 13%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Aintxane Prieto Uriarte and her husband own a family vineyard in Labastida, right in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. The property has been handed down from generation to generation, in a region where making wine is much more than a job, it is a tradition..
Tasting notes
Color: Deep garnet.
Nose: Initially you notice explosive, bright fruit: blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, followed by a slight oakiness.
Palate: A complex, but not overly heavy red wine, it goes well with lamb, beef, venison, or lighter fare like poultry, cheese or pizza.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $14.99
Available: March 2014
Manuel Sánchez Franganillo, is a bachelor who has devoted his entire life to producing wine in the harsh, unforgiving climate of Extremadura.

Finca Hispana
Red Wine, 2013

V.T. Extremadura
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: VT Extremadura
Winery: Caves San Jose, Villafranca de los Barros
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo. Vines are between 30-50 years old.
Terrain: Rich, fertile soils (high nutrients) with good water retention. High temperatures and extreemely low rainfall (less than 10 inches per year).
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Stainless steel.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: It can be kept refrigerated, but should be served at room temperature, between 61º and 65º F.
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2014
About the producer
Manuel Sánchez Franganillo, is a bachelor who has devoted his entire life to producing wine in the harsh, unforgiving climate of Extremadura
Tasting notes
Color: Deep garnet.
Nose: Plenty of fruit, aromatic but not overwhelming.
Palate: A perfect balance of fruit and acidity. Enjoy this wine with pizza, pasta, light meat dishes, chicken, or anything grilled on the barbecue. This is a most enjoyable and versatile wine that will last for many days after opening..

 

Format: 3 liter Bag-in-Box (case of 6)
SRP: $16.99
Available: April 2014