Tempranillo wine tasting: D.O Toro, D.O Ribera del Duero, D.O Rioja

After some months trying, finally I got to gather five friends, mates from the viticulture and oenology, but most of all, passionate about wine and wine culture, to taste some Tempranillo red wines.

Tempranillo wines are at the bases of Spanish wine culture, and that is why we chose this variety and the wines below for this tasting:

Termes 2008 D.O Toro Termes 2008

100% Tinta de toro

Its very high coloured robe evidences the maturity of this wine with dark cherry red tones and thin but abundant legs.

Aromas of both red and black ripe fruit, notes of aromatic herbs and subtle hints provided during the ageing: milky, spicy and toasted notes. Outstanding minerality.

In the mouth this is a wide, structured and quite a sweet wine. Tannins are very well tamed. It has the right acidity, very well integrated, and a fruity and milky finish which shows some hints of bitterness.

Alonso del Yerro 2007
Alonso del Yerro 2007 D.O Ribera del Duero

100% Tinta fina

This wine shows a bright dark cherry red colour. In the nose, it is intense and complex, with notes of wild fruits and flowers and milky hints, sweet spices and balsamic nuances.

In the palate, this is a subtle and elegant wine, with a good acidity and a nice mid palate and plenty of retronasal notes of fruit and spices. Tannins are silky and the finish is nice and long.

Finca Valpiedra 2005 D.O. RiojaFinca Valpiedra reserva 2005

80% Tempranillo, 20% Carignan – Graciano – Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense cherry red colour, with an orangey tone that reflects its ageing. Abundant, thin and rounded legs.

This wine is elegant and complex. It shows aromas of black ripe fruit, sweet spices and chocolate along with some light toasted touches.

In the palate it is direct, fruity and creamy with moderate but high quality tannins, and a long, milky and persistent finish.

After the tasting and a talk on our impressions on these great wines, we concluded that Tempranillo is really a variety with a magnificent expression of a continental climate with clear Atlantic and Mediterranean influences.

Lots of differences were noticed between the wines tasted, considering the terroirs and the vines’ ages, but also the harvest time, the grape maceration, the winemaking and the different toasted of the barrels.

The wines were delicious indeed and the conversation was fluent, but the best was the lovely company, and for me, that is wine culture.

Without any doubt, it was a good pairing of friends and wines.

Quim Piera

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