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Marques de Riscal Tempranillo-2006

Posted in Castilla y Leon, Spain, Tempranillo, Wine Reviews by CreativeJuicesWine on November 16, 2009

For many of you, this name should sound familiar. The Bodegas de Riscal labels have shielded some quality wine in the past 10 years. Northwest of Rioja from the region of Castilla y Leon comes the 2006 vintage from Riscal. This is the third vintage that we have tasted from Riscal having had the 2003 and 2004 Reserva which come with a slightly higher price tag.

First of all, it’s a screwtop! It’s not everyday that one gets to drink an Old World wine with a screwtop. It is rather reassuring that whatever they put in this bottle is probably the same as the day they put it on the boat to the New World.  Ahh, screwtops… Either way, we decided to find out if this vintage lives up to previous vintages.

From the start we noticed the ruby coloration that transitioned outward towards the wine’s watery rim. Once we reached the watery rim, we knew exactly what we were in store for. Castilla y Leon is a wine growing region that only harvests its fruit from mature vines. In this wine’s case, we are looking at 30-40 year old vines.

On the nose there is a hint of minerality that is indicative of Old World soil profiles. Beyond the initial pleasantries that this Tempranillo offers, it displays notes of pepper, subtle red fruits (crushed cherry primarily) and a touch of toast, most likely from the 6 months of American Oak this wine saw prior to its bottling.

When consumed, this wine boasts flavors of dark berries (blackberries, blueberries, and black cherries) that lead into a mild clenching of the throat from that oak we talked about. The finish is reasonably long, giving hints of walnut skins. This drinks like a more expensive bottle would. We recommend this bottle to be drunk on its own, or with a Greek style sausage and cheese pizza. We award this bottle of Riscal 2006 Tempranillo a solid 88 points. Go buy a bottle today, and tell us what you think.  Cheers!