"Begins with pleasant aromas of earth, a little bit of green (pyrazine), plum and a hint of tobacco. Tasting reveals a perfectly pleasant wine featuring blackberry, plum, lavender and dark chocolate. It also has a dry, grippy texture that is still smooth and easy to drink. It ends dry with lingering tart blackberry flavors. Nicely balanced and a heck of a good wine for only $8!"
- ReverseWineSnob.com, March 2014
"It has lots of rich dark berry fruit, with some chocolate, coffee, lavender, and spice. Not super complex, but it was a good food wine with some nice fruit, a smooth texture, and a clean finish. Good with the rich flavors and sweet roasted veggies from the dish. Great value."
- VinedulgeBlog.com, March 2014
"...dark berry and cherry scents. It feels fresh and lively, with good body weight and forward, candied flavors of cherry and raspberry. The finish is nice, with cocoa notes and lasting sweetness."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2012
- 2011 Monterey Wine Competition
"Tapena offers a first-rate line of wines including a Tempranillo, Garnacha, (Grenache) and Rose, which are all easy drinking, flavorful, and moderately priced."
- Bob Ecker, h Magazine, September 2009
- 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition
" I recommend...the 2007 Tapeña Tempranillo with its abundant blackberry fruit and milk chocolate aftertaste...will pair beautifully with hamburgers, steak, chicken, or lamb."
- Deb Harkness, www.seriouseats.com
"What could be better than an easy to drink red wine that's jam-packed with dark fruit flavors and priced at about $10? Not too much in my book! In Tapeña Tempranillo you'll find a wine that pours out full bodied flavors of dark red fruits and rich mocha, like a chocolate covered cherry. It's like a cross between Merlot and Pinot Noir but with an attitude all its own, one that says, 'I'm a wine for friends and good times.'"
- Ken Ohr's Wine Experience Newsletter, May 15, 2009
Tempranillo is Spain's workhorse red and a nice horse this one is. From Rioja to Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo is the grape that delivers the goods. Tapeña Tempranillo is in the lighter, earlier drinking style, but it offers all of the fresh berry aromas and flavors attributable to this versatile grape. Textured with ripe dark cherry flavors, firm refined tannins and good length through the finish, this is a Tempranillo that pairs well with a wide range of dishes from meats to fish stew.
- Gerald D. Boyd, winereviewonline.com, March 4, 2009
"The color is a nice bright royal red with garnet and a tinge of youthful purple. The aroma has a faint redwood character with black berries and red orange. The taste includes all the qualities of the aroma, with the nicest balance of lush juicy fruit and structure."
- "Sweeping roundup culls gems, surprises", Mark Tarbell, The Arizona Republic
"These are two youthful, fruit forward and flavorful wines that have been produced for early consumption. The 2005 Tempranillo is light-bodied with a purple ruby color and pure black cherry kirsh aromas. On the palate it displays more black cherry fruit with notes of black pepper and spice and a short smooth finish...Both wines would pair nicely with tapas and other light fare."
Michael Flynn and Mike Potashnik, Iwinereview.com, April 2007
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