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.

Enjoy

Rioja Bordon 2005 Grand Reserva
Rioja Bordon 2005 Grand Reserva

The man of LaMancha, Don Quixote tilting at windmills.  Why is it that as I get older I find fewer people, even my own age who do not understand the reference?

I have a LOVE of Spanish wines.  The past decade has seen the quality of these wines take ginormous leaps forward.

This great little Tempranillo is spectacular.  Tempranillo is the most widely used grape in this region, and then more so over in Portugal.

The nose on this is just wonderful.  Fruit aromas and floral notes abound.  The ruby red color glows like a gem in a crown.

Pouring the wine into my mouth I am automatically hit with the richness that goes with that crown.  Currant, blackberry, spices that linger for an eternity.  The quivering in my tastebuds excites me, my mouth is begging for more.  The taste explosions remind me of the popper candies from when I was a kid.  Oh the joyride.  The sweet succulent tannins that come at the end are a result of 14 months in French oak.

This Don Quixote needs no Sancho to back it, go after all the windmills you want this one wins.

Enjoy

Smooth, rich, elegant.and a pretty bottle too
Smooth, rich, elegant.and a pretty bottle too