Protocolo is the essence of Tempranillo: cola, cherries, earthy, meaty, a hint backwards and some charming perfume. Protocolo is mercifully cheap and it is so darn drinkable. Despite its modest price tag, Protocolo evolves in the glass and bottle. There is no need to age Protocolo, but I think it has at least another 10 years in it. Roast lamb with all of the accompaniments is the go here.
Eguren Protocolo Tinto Tempranillo Castilla Y Leon 2018, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
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.
Eguren Protocolo Tinto Tempranillo Castilla Y Leon 2018 Winemaker Notes
“Ruby red with violet hues. Fruity, raspberry, red fruits. Light notes of vanilla and spice. Good balance of tannins and acidity. Finishing with notes of raspberry, vanilla and light notes of wood.”
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.
It translates to “Wine Of The Land”. The equivalent of the French Vin de Pays or table wine. Simple wines to drink. You get a mixed bag of wines, but when you find a good producer, you’ll undoubtedly pay a quarter of the wines true value.
A top-quality red grape that grows all over the Iberian Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). It makes Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). Reserva and Gran Reserva are capable of aging for the long term (30 years easily). Top examples of aged Tempranillo compare favourably to Burgundy. Cherry and cola are typical flavour 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.
Spain is probably more famous for the wines from the hot and dry parts. But the diversity of wine is equal to any country. And Spanish wine is a legitimate threat to the Australian wine market, with their dry-grown, old-vines able to produce the same quality as anything in Australia. If they were allowed to irrigate, they could release more wine at significantly less than any Australian equivalent.
The styles to try as a wine lover include Old school Rioja (leave them for 50 years, though, please!). Real Sherry, from Jerez, seriously just try this stuff. Mencia from Bierzo and surrounds. Cava – if you thought Prosecco was poor man’s Champagne, well, good Cava makes Prosecco taste like Schweppes Mineral Water. And there are more amazing terroir wines across Spain.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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