Winter came early this year. On my Birthday November 10th, we were lucky (not really) and received over a foot of snow. Chris and I had to shovel and plow three times that day. Before the storm Chris was on a girls weekend at the Wisconsin Dells. She and her friends had to cut the Spa Weekend a day short due to the weather. Chris was the driver this trip. Because she was the driver her friend Jennifer was kind enough to gift Chris this bottle of wine.
Medium color depth and a ruby hue.
Moderate young aromas of cranberry, red fruit, and slight pepper.
Dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity. The tannins were soft. Soft mid-palate flavors with a short finish.
How much: It was a gift. On-line $10.00 – $12.00
Appellation/Region: Rioja Spain
Wine maker notes:
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Tempranillo
VINEYARDS: A selection of vines with an average age of 15 years.
HARVEST: Manual, in small trailers.
VINIFICATION: In stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28 °C.
AGEING: Six months in American and French oak barrels.
The wine alone was OK. It paired very well with food. I rated the Castillo Clavijo Tempranillo two glasses.
Life is too short to drink crappy wine. Expand your palate and keep trying.