Venta Morales Tempranillo 2009
My friend Harper suggested that I try this bottle of wine. It’s been sitting in my rack for months but since I’ve been on a bit of a Tempranillo kick I thought it I’d do a quick review just for comparison.
This Tempranillo is produced on the central plateau of La Mancha—the largest wine-producing region in the world, just outside the village of Villanueva. Its sandy, stony, and calcareous clay soils, partnered with a warm Mediterranean climate provide an optimal environment for Tempranillo to thrive and ripen with full flavor and rounded tannins.
In the glass this wine is predominantly dark purple with a hint of deep red.
The nose is slightly more aromatic than that of the Garnacha de Fuego. I could tell right when I popped the cork. I get some spicy, peppery notes but it still is relatively quiet compared to most reds.
On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied, incredibly subtle, and mildly fruity. It is smooth rather than textured, if perhaps a bit sticky/gummy as well. As for flavor this Tempranillo is a little bland for my taste but among a group of less frequent wine drinkers I’d imagine that this wine would be quite a crowd pleaser. It is much less spicy than the ‘Fuego’ and finishes fruity and pleasant. This is some major league easy drinking.
Pair this wine with Tacos, a wide range of Mexican food, and mildly hardy Spanish tapas. If I were doing the wine list for a mid-priced Mexican restaurant I wouldn’t hesitate to add this bottle to the selection. It’s incredibly accessible, food-friendly, and especially affordable at six or seven bucks a pop (only 70 bones a case).
Like the ‘Fuego’ it is available at www.wineanthology.com