Tempranillo, you gotta love it. Another great wine from the Bodegas Franco Espanolas. This is a fabulous wine…say it again…this is a fabulous wine. Rioja is Spain’s oldest DO. 2005 was one of the best vintages. Tempranillo- a black grape used to make full bodied red wines. Now combine these together with w knowledgeable wine maker and you have perfection.
Have you ever seen a red diamond? The wine in this glass looks like a blood red diamond. Deep dark color with a shimmering sparkle. The rich elegance provides a tell of things to come.
The wine in your mouth is succulent, mouthwatering, rich and bold. The juicy contents erupt with the red berry flavors. Black cherry, plum, hints of tobacco, chocolate and a sweetness of vanilla. Hints of oak coming from three years of aging. Fruit going all the way through. Soft silky tannins providing just enough pucker to know a nice piece of cheese is called for. Balanced, structured and all there.
This wine is 80% tempranillo, 10% grenache, 5% mazuelo and 5% graciano. look like a perfect combination.