“Tempranillo is Spain’s most widely planted red grape, but it has a different name in virtually every region: Tinta Fina, Tinta del Toro, Cencibel, Ull de Llebre, etc. This comes from the vast arid sun-drenched plateau in the center of Spain known as La Mancha. It’s the world’s largest single wine region with over 400,000 acres planted. This originates from almost 60-year-old vines at higher elevations of over 2000 feet. It’s opaque in color, with wild black fruit and licorice aromas, soft tannins and a peppery edge.”
“Still quite tight, with concentrated blackberry and cranberry tastes and lots of tannins. If you have it in your cellar, hide it for a few years.”
Bodegas Volver - Wine Spectator
Volver - 2017
“Blackberry and currant flavors show a ripe, syrupy character in this rich red, backed with mint, espresso and loamy earth notes. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, balanced by sweet-tart acidity. Big, in the modern style.”
“With berry fruit flavors, a light acidity, and moderate tannins, this Spanish red plays well with rich foods at the dinner table, providing the same much-needed tang to your palate as cranberry sauce.”
Recommended - [A]n astoundingly affordable, young steel-fermented expression of ripe Tempranillo from the Ucles growing region. Slightly peppery and light but with pretty huckleberry and chile flavors.
Bodegas Fontana's 2008 Misterio de Fontana from the obscure DO of Ucles is made up of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Syrah aged for 7 months in seasoned American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up an attractive nose of damp earth, spice box, cherry, and blueberry. Plush, succulent, and easy-going.
The 2009 Castillo de Almansa Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) was raised in stainless steel. Cherry red in color with a nose of pomegranate, cranberry, mineral, and bacon, on the palate it is easy-going, concentrated, and quite unique in its flavor profile.
Recommended - Founded in 1915 in the Almansa region of southern Spain, Bodegas Piqueras released its first bottled wine in 1961. It was the first area winery to use oak barrels after the 1975 creation of the Denominación de Origin Almansa, which regulates Almansa's wine production. Made from Garnacha Tintorera, also known as Alicante Bouschet, this grape is one the few that has colored flesh; its free-run juice is actually red. Aromas and flavors of juicy dense boysenberry, blackberry with plummy high notes and black pepper highlights segue to a round palate with soft silky edges and just enough tannin to provide focus. The wine becomes more textured with Majon cheese and mild chorizo; with just 13.5 percent alcohol, it is terrific with grilled meats and even moderately spicy barbecue.