Where Tempranillo is King
Tempranillo is an inky rich dark red varietal that excudes excellent ripe fruit and tannins, especially in hot areas. Rioja and Ribera del Duero Spain produce tempranillo as the main red varietal (with some exceptions).
- located in the North Central region of Spain underneath the Pyrenees mountains and the Cantabrian Mountains. It has a mitigating river- Ebro, which runs westward to the Mediterranean sea
- there are three sub regions have diverse terrain and climates (Alta, Alavesa and Baja). The first two are calcareous clay whereas Baja is ferrous and alluvial soils (great for Garnacha!)
- Tempranillo primarily in addition to Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan)
- Crianza is aged 24 months prior to release with 12 months in oak; Riserva is aged 36 months prior to release with 12 months in oak
- Historically 100% American oak, however modern techniques and the French influence (and oak) has been the shift!
Ribera del Duero Spain
- located on the Mesata plateau of the Castilla y León region. This area is surrounded by the Cantabrian Mountains with the Duero river passing west through to Portugal and the Atlantic ocean.
- flat and rocky terrain consists of layers of silty-clayey sand, limestone, marl and chalky concretions.
- minimum of 75% Tempranillo, with a maximum of Garnacha.
4. same aging requirements as Rioja
- Vega Sicilia placed this region on the map with a fresh new style in the late 1800’s, however it was the 1980s with investment in modern technology that released the popularity valve to the world.