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Tempranillo, 2019. Vina Mayor

Tempranillo, 2019. Vina Mayor

Item #: L0822R2
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vineyard/Appellation: Ribera del Duero D.O., Spain
Color: Deep Cherry Red
Nose: Cloves, Spices
Palate: Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Caramel, Earth
Finish: Long, Smooth
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Cheese, Game/14% Alcohol by Volume

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Bodegas y Vinedos Vina Mayor is a producer of a range of red wines from the Tempranillo grape variety in the Ribiera de Duero appellation of Spain. The estate is located in the most prestigious part of the appellation zone, also known as the "golden mile". It was founded in 1986 with the aim of producing a limited production of red wines, protected by a prestigious brand (Grupo Bodegas Palacio), and a highly differentiated product. As one of the first wineries in Ribera del Duero, they are characterized by an innovation in their approach to winemaking with deep roots in tradition. Vina Mayor aims to produce wines with a contemporary spirit, and with a great global vision spearheaded by oenologist Almudena Alberca. Vina Mayor owns or manages 470 hectares of vineyards, with 10 hectares being on the estate, working from the deepest respect for the environment and landscape. The winery is committed to the environment that defines them, holding a Wineries for Climate Protection certification- the first winery in Ribera del Duero to obtain such a certificate.

Tempranillo is Spain's number one wine grape. When young, it can be fresh and fruity, but with oak and age you will find more of the dust, tobacco, and leather flavors some wine fans crave. This Tempranillo was aged for three months in American oak barrels. It has an elegant nose of ripe red fruits mixed with notes of spices such as aromatic cloves. Followed by notes of caramel, vanilla, earthiness, and blackcurrant. It is full-bodied with a long smooth finish. It pairs well with game meats, such as venison. For a more low-key meal, pair with roasted red meats, or a roasted rack of lamb. Rich sauces and dressings made with aromatic herbs will accompany this wine nicely, as well as mature cheeses and high-quality dark chocolate.

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