94 Insider Points
There's a Reason I Scored This Wine High
Actually a few reasons. Firstly, I'm admittedly a bit of a Tempranillo snob. It's a grape that absolutely adore. So when I'm tasting one, I know exactly I personally am looking for. Tamaral has it. Secondly, the quality for the price is unbelievable on this wine. If I was brought this at an expensive dinner, I wouldn't even bat an eye. The other reasons? Well, let's just get into it.
Spiced blackberry on the nose, with a flux of chocolate. Fresh-picked cassis, black raspberry and cinnamon, balanced out with oaky, blueberry tannin. Chalk-stone minerality really pulls through, and is evident through the long finish. Careful with this one, it's easy to find yourself a few glasses through (I know I did). 94 Points - JZ July '18
Ribera del Duero, Spain
This killer single varietal production hails from the infamous Ribera del Duero wine region in the center of Spain, which is the heart of Tempranillo country. Deep and rich, it's a major crowd-pleaser- and this wine here shows why it's considered the "star of Spain".
- The wine’s pedigree was the first thing that caught our eye: the 2013 vintage got 90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine; the 2011 got 92 from the same; and the 2010, 90 points from the same, as well as the Silver Medal Decanter, plus an 89 from Robert Parker.
- Deep and rich, we’re getting ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas on the nose of the 2014 Tamaral Roble, which are intertwined throughout a palate of vanilla with a good, structured backbone of acidity--part and parcel of having only four months in oak.The 2014 vintage in Ribera del Duero was the perfect offset to the string of ripe, hot vintages produced since 2009, with the 2014 tasting more fresh and savory.
- In particular, the Bodegas y Vinedos vineyards located at Padilla de Duero and Pesquera de Duero had yields lower than 5,000 kg/hectare, allowing for the concentrated wine we’ve grown to love from the region.
- Long time fans of Rioja, Ribera del Duero has a special place in our entrepreneurial heart: the region as a whole adopted a bit more rakish an attitude when it came on the scene as one of the heavyweights of world-class winemaking in the latter half of the 20th century: modernistic in nature, the wines made here are bigger, bolder, richer, and fruitier than those in neighboring Rioja, and they’re refined and structured at the same time; while there’s not as much oak aging, there’s still the renowned Spanish regulation for such (“Roble,” meaning “oak,” is in the name of this wine, after all).
This is a full bodied wine with medium acidity. It has flavors of smoke, berries, and soft oak. Youthful notes of red fruit and wild berries, overlaid with vanilla from the oak. The palate is expressive with good acidity and pleasant finish.
From the winery:
When Bodegas y Viñedos Tamaral was founded in April 1997, it was a dream come true for the De Santiago family, who for four generations have tended vineyards and made wine. Soon afterwards, a winery was opened in the Pago de Tablares under the watchful eye of the Museo de Vino and in the very heart of the Ribera del Duero Denomination of Origin.
This wine is great for food! Lasagna, pizza and dishes with tomato-based sauces. Barbecue grilled-meats, smoky dishes. Grits, polenta, and dishes with corn as a major ingredient. Mexican food such as tacos, nachos, burritos, and chile rellenos. will pair particularly well with savory meat dishes. Shall we go on?