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JANUARY 2021 ~ TEMPRANILLO MERLOT - SPAIN | THE EMPRESS
THE WINE This dry, medium-bodied wine hints of deep red fruit with alluring aromas of plum and currant. Heady spices, earth and smoke linger with a moderate tannic finish.
Why? Spain Tempranillo Merlot
A red blend that has proved popular in northern Spain, particularly Navarra, and in various parts of the New World.
Tempranillo's thick skins can sometimes lead to wines with tough tannins. Blending it with Merlot is ideal as the latter can smooth out these rough edges, making a more approachable wine.
Tempranillo merlot wines are generally rich and concentrated with berry fruit flavours.
Tempranillo has been adopted across the wine growing world, but is still very much associated with the fine wines of Spain and Portugal.
Strawberries, tobacco and spice flavours can be found in many Tempranillo wines.
Merlot has spread far and wide from its homeland in Bordeaux, and is found in many top wine regions around the world.
Merlot commonly exhibits cherry or caramel flavours but is perhaps more often recognized for its silky texture rather than for any one flavour. This makes it ideal for blending as it can smooth out more-tannic varieties.
THE FOOD Carne asada or Barbacoa tacos (beef tacos) Grilled pork chops beside roasted potatoes
Ready in: 8-9 weeks Aging: 6-8 months Body: medium Oak: medium Sweetness: dry Alcohol: 13% Cost: $230
Includes dried grape skins
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