Tempranillo and Grenache

My favorite flight to judge at this year’s Alberta Beverage Awards was Tempranillo and Grenache. Both grapes that can offer light, juicy and easy drinking wines, all the way to full bodied, textured and rich. Tempranillo, while often blended with other varietals, offers strawberry, cedar and dusty aromas. Grenache shows aromas of plum, cherry, baking spice and Provençal herbs. While some New World options are available in the market, look to countries like Spain and (Southern) France for affordable, overdelivering bottles. Kyle McRae

BEST IN CLASS (TIE)

Faustino V 2011 Reserva
Rioja, Spain
$25-28 CSPC 22798 (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

Anciano 2015 35 Old Vines Garnacha
Calatayud, Spain
$26-29 CSPC 795756

 

 

 

 

 

JUDGES SELECTION

Torres Celeste 2014 Crianza
Ribera del Duero, Spain
$24-27 CSPC 754090        (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

Honoro Vera 2016 Garnacha
Calatayud, Spain
$15-18 CSPC  768724

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