Tempranillo – the king of Spanish grapes produces wines as diverse as the country it hails from. Wines made from this iconic variety come in a broad range of styles and flavors that ensure there is something to delight every palate. In warmer regions like Valencia, which is closer to the Mediterranean Sea, tempranillo expresses more ripe red fruit flavours and an elegance comparable to pinot noir. Easy drinking, fruit forward wines are labeled as Crianza, that are perfect for barbeques, and extensively oak-aged wines are labeled as Reserva and Grand Reserva, with the barrel aging in both these wine styles bringing complex flavours and aromas that bring great depth, structure and the flavours of a slow and careful cellaring without the wait. ¡Salud Peter Smolarz


Anciano 2005 10-Year Old Tempranillo Gran Reserva
Valdepenas, Spain
$17-18 CSPC 746086







Torres 2013 Celeste Crianza
Ribera del Duero, Spain
$24-26 CSPC 754090






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