Having been told this was an extremely versatile Tempranillo, I decided to put it to the test at our local library’s potluck dinner this week – and it’s true. Tasted beforehand, the wine began with sweet fruit flavors and cedar/baking spices on the nose and dark red fruit on the palate. Well-integrated tannins. Somewhat intense yet not heavy. Paired with a variety of foods, the fruit blossomed, but not the sweetness, speaking to an unobtrusive core of acidity.  The label says the intensity is at level 8 out of 10 and the wine does intensify in the glass; try opening it a half-hour before dinner. Also, I have to mention that when I looked up the price, this is a great value wine, too.

FOOD PAIRINGS: I would say it did best with sauced meats, grains and pastas as well as many types of vegetable dishes. So yes: a very versatile wine, as claimed.

SUSTAINABILITY/ VINEYARD NOTES: “Sustainable Viticulture” printed on the label is illustrated by winery practices such as: maintaining its own water source on the property; vineyard sensors used for precision irrigation; specific cover crops planted between the vineyard rows to promote biodiversity.

WHO: Raimat Family Vineyards

WHAT: 100% tempranillo

WHERE: Costers del Segre DOC, Spain

HOW MUCH: $10-$14 (media sample)


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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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