Dominio de Punctum Lobetia Tempranillo 2014

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Dominio de Punctum
Fanciful Name: Lobetia
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Spain
Appellation: Castilla VT
Retail Price: $12

Tasting Notes: Made with organic grapes, it is sourced from a single vineyard in Cuenca and estate-bottled. A touch of coffee and spice, plus six months in oak, gives you velvety tannins and a smooth, long finish. Try it with a lamb slider.

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Marquis de Vargas Crianza Tempranillo 2015

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Marquis de Vargas
Fanciful Name: Crianza
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Spain
Appellation: Rioja
Retail Price: $19

Tasting Notes: Complex and inviting aromas of tobacco and cherry lead to a silky, fresh and lively coating over the palate. Well-structured notes of red berries and cedar are balanced nicely through the elegant finish.

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El Jeffe Tempranillo 2016

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El Jeffe
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Spain
Retail Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes: Ripe hints of raspberry jam and cassis introduce the wine’s generous and smooth structure to the palate, while brief hints of black pepper hold up against a steady stream of food-friendly acidity.

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Brennan Vineyards Tempranillo 2014

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Brennan Vineyards
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Texas
Appellation: Texas High Plains AVA
Retail Price: $32.99

Tasting Notes: This is winemaker Todd Webster’s fifth release from a roller coastal vintage. Aged 18 months in oak. A young wine, medium bodied with rich black fruit. Excellent with BBQ. Rapidly becoming one of the dominant Texas red varietals.

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Bending Branch Winery Tempranillo 2012

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Bending Branch Winery
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2012
Country of Origin: Texas
Appellation: Texas High Plains AVA
Retail Price: $34.99

Tasting Notes: Sourced from the legendary Newsom vineyards in the Texas High Plains, this is one the best interpretations of Tempranillo in the U.S. Full bodied, bursting with bright fruit flavors. Aged 24 months in American oak. Black fruit, dark chocolate and cigar box notes lead to a long lingering finish.

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