2009 Riotajo Tempranillo Garnacha Vinos de Madrid

SKU #1092054

This is a delicious Tempranillo and Garnacha based blend from the Vinos de Madrid D.O. A tasty palate of liqueur-soaked cherries intermingling with subtly savory tones and a hint of cocoa powder make this an intriguing, delicious expression of two varieties which are so well suited to many parts of Spain. Try this with with white wine and tomato-braised beef dishes (rabo de toro would be a classic Spanish example).

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2012 | Send Email
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This is an amazingly rich wine in the mouth and in the nose. Mocha, roasted coffee bean, cassis tones bounce across the palate with bright, refreshing fruit, with integrated, silky tannins, superb complexity, excellent depth and broadness, and a finish that refuses to surrender. This is another Joe Manekin superb Gem buy that Rusty plans on having as our house red for the next several months and will be served with the wishbone and turkey wing on Thanksgiving day dinner. 14.0% ABV
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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2012 | Send Email
This is quite a mouthful of wine for the price. Loads of red fruit, a hint of a cured meaty savor, and a suggestion of cocoa powder on the finish combine to make this not merely a simple value, but a wine of real character as well. Why wash down that burger with inexpensive cab when you could be drinking this instead?

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14