2018 Alvaro Cristobal Vino de España, Spain Tempranillo
Spanish wine country comes to life in this easy-drinking red that seamlessly melds cherry and earthen notes.
Brand: Alvaro Cristobal
Item #: 48123
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About This Wine:
Begin with the color: a gorgeous dark garnet. Then breathe in the aroma, revealing ripe cherry, baked goods and a savory nuttiness. With each swirl, the complexity is heightened, with hints of truffle, tobacco and smoke emerging. It’s everything one would expect… and more… from a Spanish Tempranillo.
Without a doubt, Tempranillo is Spain’s star red variety, forming the backbone of Rioja and Ribera del Duero (where it may also be known as Tinto Fino). It’s sometimes blended with Garnacha, Mazuelo and/or Graciano, but its 100% varietal versions can be compelling, as this wine demonstrates.
Some have noted that Tempranillo is Spain’s version of Italian Sangiovese, given its food-friendly personality. Just as we’d eat Italian fare with Sangiovese, Spanish cuisine is an ideal pairing partner for Tempranillo. Try Alvaro Cristobal’s 2018 vintage with chili rellenos for a delicious and authentic taste of Spain.