May 202014
Hye Meadow Winery Tempranillo 2012Hye Meadow Winery Tempranillo 2012, Red Wine, Texas High Plains, TX, $30 (S) – Rating 90

Another excellent example of Texas Tempranillo coming of age. Perfect red wine for a evening under the Hill Country oaks or complimenting the grill. Aromas of smokey cherry with just a hint of raspberry. A round mouth-feel with balanced acidity and soft tannins. On the palate, light to medium bodied with flavors of red cherry, smoke, ripe strawberry, ripe raspberry and dark spice. Dark chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine


May 082013
2012 Solaro Estate Reserve Tempranillo , Texas High Plains, Texas, $38 (S) – Rating 90

An excellent example of Texas Tempranillo. Medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity. I’m talkin’ BBQ food pairing. An impressive nose of dark cherry and camp smoke with notes of tobacco. Flavors of dark cherry, ripe raspberry with hints of dark cola and tobacco box. Soft tannins with black cherry on the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jan 242012
2006 Zuccardi Tempranillo, Mendoza, Argentina, $22 (S) – Rating 89

A big Tempranillo from Argentina. Rich flavors of blackberries, black fruit, plums, leaf tobacco and spice. Plenty of tannin structure creates complex flavors. Best when decanted for 30-60 minutes.

Jun 302011
2007 Yorba Tempranillo, Shake Ridge Vineyards, Amador County, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 91

Yorba Wines has created a beautiful American-style Rioja (Tempranillo). Plenty of dark red fruit, raspberry, blackberry, plums, etc. A touch of chocolate and spice with soft tannins add depth and structure. Blending with 5% Graciano provides a splash of acidity and brightness.

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Apr 142011
2009 Fall Creek Vineyards Tempranillo, “Salt Lick Vineyards”, Texas Hill Country, $30 – Rating 4.0

An excellent example of what will someday prove to be the red wine grape of Texas, Tempranillo. We loved the Fall Creek Vineyards  ’08 but the’09 Tempranillo is even better. Grapes from the Salt Lick Vineyard behind the famed Austin Salt Lick BBQ  restaurant consistently perform. Great flavors of rich dark cherry with a hint of smokey richness and soft tannins make this a delicious food friendly wine. The soft tannins create an approachable wine from the moment the cork is popped. Limited production, this Tempranillo is available from Fall Creek Vineyards and will be in a few selected Austi and San Antonio eateries.

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Apr 092011
2009 Solaro Estate Tempranillo, Single Vineyard, Unfiltered, Dripping Srings, TX, $38 – Rating 90

I tasted this wine shortly after it was bottled and again recently. It has aged into an excellent example to Texas Tempranillo. Good dark fruit flavors with supple tannins but gentle enough to be very food friendly. Tempranillo is a great red grape for Texas and Solaro Estate does it very well.

Nov 022010
2007 – Santa Barbara, CA  $18 Rating 3.50

Tempranillo has been described as the “perfect blend of Cabernet and Pinot Noir.” C3, in my opinion, leans closer to Pinot. It has a dry clean fruity flavor with barely a hint of the earthiness often found in its Spanish counterparts.