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Bodegas Obalo Tempranillo 2012

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

Concentrates all the varietal aromas of the grape, ripe fruit, plums and blackberries. Fruity and tasty, over a discrete backround of balsamic notes.

Critical Acclaim

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Bright purple. Dark berry and floral pastille aromas are complicated by notes of cola and fresh rose. Juicy blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show very good depth, with a peppery element adding energy. Becomes brighter and sweeter with air and finishes on a floral note, with silky tannins adding shape.

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Bodegas Obalo

Bodegas Obalo

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Bodegas Obalo, , Spain
Bodegas Obalo
This young winery has only put a few of its vintages on the market. It is located in the village of Ábalos, which forms part of the municipality of Sonsierra in La Rioja. This region divides, like an arrowhead, what is known as the Alavese Rioja. Here the vineyards can take advantage of the protection of the natural barrier posed by the Sierra Cantabria, which is a wall that shields against the cold and humid north winds. From the winery, which has the necessary technology to make quality wines, one can see a landscape of soft undulations that carry down to the banks of the River Ebro, with a multitude of small estates dispersed amongst the hills and mounds, where the vine is forced to offer the best it can of itself.

New Zealand

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A relatively young but extremely promising wine-producing country...

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A relatively young but extremely promising wine-producing country, New Zealand is widely recognized for distinctive, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. While this is indeed the country’s most planted and successful variety, it is certainly not the only one that is capable of delighting wine lovers—and in a very wallet-friendly manner, at that. The world’s most southerly vineyards are found here, with significant climatic variation both between and within the warmer North Island and the cooler South Island. Overall, the climate is maritime, with plenty of rainfall as well as abundant sunshine. Producers have almost unilaterally embraced cutting-edge winery technology, resulting in clean, high-quality wines at every price point.

Sauvignon Blanc is at its best in Marlborough but thrives throughout the nation, known for its trademark herbaceous and vegetal character. This pungent, aromatic variety accounts for an overwhelming majority of the country’s exports. Chardonnay is the second-most important white variety and takes on a supple texture and citrus and tropical fruit aromas in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, respectively. Pinot Noir, trailing behind Sauvignon Blanc in national production numbers, is at its best in Central Otago, the southernmost winegrowing region in the world. These wines are known for bright, juicy red fruit. Taking cues from the wines of Alsace, aromatic varieties like Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer shine in Martinborough, while red Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have found success in Hawke’s Bay. Throughout New Zealand but especially in Marlborough, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are used to produce traditional method sparkling wine.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture...

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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

STC771296_2012 Item# 130465

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