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Vina Galana Tempranillo 2013

Tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain
    13% ABV
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    13% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Medium ruby color with aromas of raspberry, red cherry and licorice. Medium bodied with good structured tannins that are soft and makes the wine linger on your palate.

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    Vina Galana

    Vina Galana

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    Vina Galana, La Mancha, Spain
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    The winery is located in Chinchilla de Montearagon in Albacete, La Mancha, an area perfectly situated for growing high quality fruit due to the high-elevated plateau on which the vineyards sit. Very cold winters (one of the coldest areas in Spain) and very hot, dry summers help to stress the vines and produce this high quality fruit.

    Besides Syrah, Tempranillo and Verdejo they grow Garnacha Tintorera which is indigenous from the Almansa region located just a few miles west. The wines are concentrated, powerful and velvety.

    La Mancha

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    The Moors gave it the name, ‘Manxa,’ which fittingly means ‘parched earth.’ La Mancha, the largest wine producing region in all of Spain, is one of its hottest and driest. Sturdy and drought-resistant white varieietes like Airen, Viura and Verdejo thrive in this environment.

    Tempranillo

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    Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

    In the Glass

    Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

    Perfect Pairings

    Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

    Sommelier Secret

    The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

    SBE103358_2013 Item# 175662