($15) Medium red. Musky redcurrant, raspberry, tobacco and spices on the nose. Supple but vinous, with good aromatic lift to the red fruit, pepper and floral flavors. Finishes with a suave dusting of tannins and a lingering peppery nuance. An intriguing, lively wine with good varietal character.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
Tempranillo, arguably the most famous of Spain's native grapes, is a vibrant, aromatic varietal that offers spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors. The grape's name translates to "little early one," a moniker that references fruit's early ripening tendency-- Tempranillo thrives even with a short growing season. The varietal is at its best in... Read More »
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