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Bodegas Pedro Regalado Embocadero 2008

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

Luscious, rich and structured full body red. Aromas of minerals, black cherry and spice. Best with meats and cured cheeses.

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The 2008 Embocadero spent 14 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple, it surrenders an already complex perfume of toasty oak, spice box, incense, espresso, and black fruits. Structured on the palate, it will benefit from an additional 3-4 years of cellaring. Dense, firm, and layered, this lengthy Tempranillo will offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2023.

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Bodegas Pedro Regalado, , Spain
Bodegas Pedro Regalado
Keeping and looking after tradition is not against developing and using modern machinery. Stainless steel tanks and oak barrels to elaborate our oak and breeding ('crianza') wines, are an accurate reflection of the enterprising spirit to elaborate quality wines and reflect a plan for the future.

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Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin, and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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