Castillo Clavijo Tempranillo Non-Vintage

2g

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.

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Sight
Medium color depth and a ruby hue.

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Smell
Moderate young aromas of cranberry, red fruit, and slight pepper.

Taste
Dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity.  The tannins were soft.  Soft mid-palate flavors with a short finish.

abv: 12.5%

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.

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