A family estate that has been cultivating vines since 1870. They have estates in Rioja, Toro and Castilla Y Leon (Vinos de la Tierra). The wines range from affable and easy drinking, to amazingly complex and long lived.
This is essence of Tempranillo: cola, cherries, earthy, meaty, a hint backwards and some charming perfume. It evolves in the glass and bottle. It is mercifully cheap because it is so darn drinkable. No need for aging, but I think it has at least another 10 years in it. Roast lamb with all of the accompaniments is the go here.
Castilla Y Leon – Part of the Vino de la Tierra quality level, it is the equivalent of the French Vin de Pays. A mixed bag of wines but when you find a good producer you’ll undoubtedly pay a quarter of the wines true value.
Tempranillo – Top quality grape grown all over the Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). It can be used for Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). It ages very well and top examples are said to compare to Burgundy. Cherry and cola are typical descriptors, it has moderate to low acid, moderate
tannin and the naturally high pH allows for a silky mouthfeel that is not seen in other red wines.