AG Pick Under $15: 2000 Ribereno Tempranillo

Spanish Tempranillo can be a tough varietal for some red wine drinkers.  Its flavors range from bright red fruits to earth and spice, to strong and musty barnyard notes.  If those last flavors have turned you off to Tempranillo, the 2000 Ribereño Tempranillo will get you to come back.

Ribereno TempranilloRibereño Tempranillo is from Ribera del Duero in north central Spain.  It’s made with 100% Tempranillo grapes and aged for 4 months in American oak.

The 2000 Ribereño Tempranillo has a nice balance of fruit and rustic Old World characteristics.  For a wine that costs less than $15, it’s surprisingly lush and layered.

Aromas of red fruits and spice introduce flavors of plum, raspberries and dried cherries.  These give way to earthy notes of cinnamon, tobacco and a hint of cedar.  Well-integrated tannins give the wine a silky mouthfeel and make it easy to drink.  The finish is lingering and pleasant.

The 2000 Ribereño Tempranillo is a food-friendly wine that works well with a variety of grilled meats and tomato-based dishes.  Pair it with chicken, pork, lamb, beef and stews.

A bottle of the 2000 Ribereño Tempranillo costs around $11.