Vinos Torremoron Tempranillo 2011
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
This is one of the most intense, pure and bright Tempranillo wines you'll ever taste. It is made from 80-100 year old vines, which produce grapes with unmistakably pronounced concentration and complexity! An incredible value, this wine has consistently high quality every vintage.
Here, the fresh, red berried, mineral character of Ribera shows through, with a slightly spicy, minty note. This is one of only a few Ribera wines where you can taste the "cut" and chewy, juicy Tempranillo flavors unburdened by oak. A crisp fruited wine with structure and substance, it's neither light nor unduly heavy. This would pair well with Thai beef salad, marinated Korean BBQ pork, Peking duck and meat or chicken dishes with a piquant play of spices.
The Wine Advocate - "An excellent bargain, this 100% Tempranillo (80-100-year old vines) was aged completely in stainless steel. Patrick Mata told me that the village from which it emerges has only 95 residents, all of whom are grape farmers! This may be the "bargain of the year" in my tastings. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of black cherry jam, licorice, blackberries and subtle hints of earth, pepper and meat."
Vinos Torremoron Winery
Torremorón, made in the small town of Quintanamanvirgo, is a great example of an artisanal, handcrafted wine rather than a commercial wine with no personality or soul. Just west of the villages of Anguix and La Horra and north of Pedrosa de Duero and Roa, Quintanamanvirgo is well situated in the north central area of Ribera. Many of Ribera’s top bodegas farm vineyards here in the alluvial, sandy and clay-heavy soils in vineyard sites that are optimally located at altitude. Torremorón is crafted in this small village (population: 94) whose people are very proud of their common wine heritage; everyone in town works for the winery. Quintanamanvirgo has two businesses: the bar and the winery. If you ever want to experience and taste the authentic personality of Ribera del Duero, head directly for this town and ask for Fernando de la Cal. When you meet him, ask him to show you his vineyards and his family cave where wine was made in the 1800’s. Made with 80-100 year old vines, Torremorón is a genuine wine, one of the most pure expressions of Tempranillo that you’ll come across.
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About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.4 out of 5 stars
8 ratings, 5 with reviewsRichard Hamning - Hilliard, OH45/17/2014
WOW!! What an incredible bargain! It is always a great day when you come across a wine of this quality at this incredible price. Complex, deep crimson, fresh and fruity, with enough body and boldness to develop and improve with several more years. I could find only 4, and will be hard pressed to stop myself from drinking them all before they mature fully.Mad Max - Virginia Beach, VA41/14/2014gatorbait38 - Mobile, AL311/2/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Earth and granite are the predominant characters with very pronounced tannins. A hint of blackberries and pepper. A good value of a Tempranillo from this region.anthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN48/23/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Another great value from Spain. Medium bodied red with lots of black berry fruit on the nose and palate. A little pepper and graphite on the finish. Nice smooth texture.Can't go wrong here.RedWine512 - Tampa, FL35/19/2013Rachel Mercer - Prosser, WA33/2/2013This is always a great buy--usually around or under $15, it's a great 'go-to' wine for anyone looking for a fairly large red, that's not over-whelming, fairly food friendly and no oak!--which is nice change of pace for most of us. Great example of a region that really is perfectly suited for tinto-fino, or tempranillo.31/6/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Great value! I found the nose to be very inviting. This wine had great texture and a lengthy spicy finish. The tannins were too pronounced, and it lacked complexity.WAJ - Omaha, NE412/27/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
- Smooth & Supple