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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 and a bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions and important throughout most of Spain. Depending on location, it takes on a few synonyms; in Penedès, it is known as Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Furthermore in Portugal, known as Tinta Roriz, it is a key component both in Port and the dry red wines of the Douro. The New World regions of California, Washington and Oregon have all had success with Tempranillo, producing a ripe, amicable and fruit-dominant style of red.

    In the Glass

    Tempranillo produces medium-weight reds with strawberry and black fruit characteristics and depending on yield, growing conditions and winemaking, can produce hints of spice, toast, leather, tobacco, herb or vanilla.

    Perfect Pairings

    Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Pair these 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 naming system is in place to indicate how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release. Rioja labeled Joven (a fresh and fruity style) spends a year or less in oak, whereas Gran Reserva (complex and age-worthy) must be matured for a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. Requirements on Crianza and Reserva fall somewhere in between.

    SBE103358_2013 Item# 175662