Category Archives: Tempranillo

Grace Patriot | 2013 Tempranillo 91 Points | 2012 Tempriano 91 Points | Two Alluring Variations on a Classic Spanish Variety

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We first introduced you to Grace Patriot Wines and their El Dorado Tempranillo (the outstanding 2007) in 2013 (see our feature review at the LINK), and since then the Grace Family have continued to demonstrate that this classic Spanish variety … Continue reading

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SPANISH WINE PICK: Bodegas Muga | Reserva | Rioja | Spain | 2009 | $25 | 90 pts

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Bodegas Muga farms upwards of 1,000 acres of vineyards (620 of which are estate) along the foothills of the rocky Obarenes Mountains in the Rioja Alta region of northern Spain.  From these vines comes their Reserva, a blend of Tempranillo (70%), Grenache (20%), Mazuelo (7%), and Graciano … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Grace Patriot Wines | El Dorado County | California

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Grace family at their winery — Grace Patriot Wines — in El Dorado County, California.  Their property lies just a few miles east of Placerville, the county seat, in an area known as “Apple Hill” … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Adobe Guadalupe | Miguel | Valle de Guadalupe | Baja California | Mexico | 2005 | $35 | 92 pts

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This past August we introduced you to Mexico’s Adobe Guadalupe winery, which is located in the Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley) of northern Baja California, just south of San Diego.  The winery’s 2009 Gabriel red blend was the subject of our previous feature review, … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Bodega Teso La Monja | Almirez | Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) | Toro Appellation | Spain | 2011 | $20 | 92 pts

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Aromas: ripe dark fruit; mineral; spice Character: dry; full-bodied; robust & savory; lush mouthfeel; medium tannins & acids; mild oak Flavors: dried dark berries; dark chocolate; black tea; tobacco Food Pairing: medium to sharp cheeses; charcuterie; roasted pork; stuffed peppers   The … Continue reading

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