***I received this wine as a sample***
It’s unusual for me to travel for work, so when I was offered the opportunity to go on an overnight trip with colleagues from other offices, I jumped at the chance. Last Monday was a travel day, but Tuesday was an action packed workday. There were 15 of us being driven around Madison, WI, on a white shuttle bus. After each site visit, we piled back onto the shuttle, eager to discuss what we just witnessed. Surprisingly, or maybe unsurprisingly, the discussions revealed that there were a number of different interpretations of what we saw, and in some cases, the visits lead to more questions than answers. After 7 hours of touring, our group climbed onto the shuttle for the last time and headed to the airport to return to DC. By the time I walked in the door of our condo, it was after 10:30pm. I opened a bottle of Tempranillo and eagerly sat on the couch to tell Hubby about everything I learned during my 36-hour trip.
The 2008 Tapeña Tempranillo (winery, snooth) was 100% Tempranillo and a deep, purplish ruby color. On the nose, there were plums, earth, and a hint of tobacco. In the mouth, there were dark fruits and earth with a hint of tobacco and violets. The wine had medium tannins, acidity, and body.
Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass of wine. At a suggested retail price of $10, this wine is an inexpensive and very solid, food-friendly choice. It doesn’t have the strong savory characteristics that I generally love in a great Tempranillo, so if that is what you’re looking for, this wine isn’t for you. However, if you’re new to the grape or looking for a Tempranillo with a good quality-price ratio, the 2008 Tapeña is worth considering.