Friday, March 31, 2023

Vicente Gandia Simue Temperanillo Robles, 2011

When I saw this Spanish Temperanillo offered at WineBid for  $15/case ($1.25/bottle!), I couldn't resist. If nothing else, this would do fine for cooking, I thought. And that was how we used the first bottle. The recipe for lamb shanks called for a whole bottle of wine, and this Ribera del Duero Temperanillo worked beautifully, creating a rich, out-of-this-world sauce. We kept back a glass for drinking, though, and decided that this is much more than a cooking wine.

Very deep and dark. Highly extracted as RDD wines tend to be. Full bodied but only 13.5% alcohol.Deep, powerful scents of black fruits, dark cherry and oak spice.  Some tasters have complained that this wine is a bit light for a Ribera del Duero. For me, that is a plus rather than a minus. Strong, bold flavors but well defined fruit on the finish. $1.25 a bottle???? An incredible value.

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