2006 Ovidio Tempranillo La Mancha

SKU #1051968

This modern styled wine is 100% Tempranillo aged for 15 months in barrique (a combination of French, American and Hungarian). Easy to enjoy vanilla and toast aromas are joined on the palate with supple black fruits, ripe and soft. At this price point one doesn't always find such a balance between fruit, acid, structure and tannin, but here it is! Try with pizza, pasta, red meat or chicken.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2010 | Send Email
For sheer price to quality ratio, anyone searching for the next big thing in Spanish wines should look no further than the dramatic, concentrated wines from La Mancha, Spain's largest DO. Made from 100% Tempranillo, locally called Cencibel, the Ovidio underwent an extended, carefully-monitored maceration for over 30 days, resulting in a powerfully-ripe and intense nose of vibrant black cherries, spice and seductive toasted oak. Fleshy, lively and ripe, with a pleasantly astringent finish, it will pair well with a a grilled strip steak and pomme frites.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.