Tarantas Tempranillo Crianza 2008

Winery: Med Wines by Bodegas Iranzo
Region: DO Utiel – Requena
Type of Wine: Red wine
Aging & Type of Oak:
Aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of 6 months
Annual Production(in bottles): 150,000
Awards & Recognition:
Wine Enthusiast 87; Silver Medal, Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition
U.S. Importer:
Natural Merchants, LLC
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(530) 554-2333

Tasting Note

A fruity, easy drinking version of Tempranillo with the spice of oak barrels in the finish and the slight grit of Tempranillo too. But the nose and mouth are all about the strawberry and raspberry candies and fruits.

Wine Description

The Tempranillo Crianza has a deep ruby color with a fading rim. Clay, marinated peppers, caramelized eggplant and spice aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium body with notes of sour cherry, watermelon rind and mossy earth. The wine finishes with a crisp honeyed dried citrus and a hint of dusty tannins. It's a mellow, mature red to pair with roasted pork, chili or veal chops.

About the Winery

Tarantas is a label of Med Wines, produced by Bodegas Iranzo. With vintners from the Iranzo Perez–Duque family, Bodegas Iranzo is the site where the first estate-bottled wines in Spain were produced. The first recorded written evidence of the vineyard Cañada Honda Estate, owned by the Iranzo Pérez–Duque family, dates back to 1335 as granted by King Pedro I of Castilla. Bodegas Iranzo is the only vineyard in Europe located in a National Reserve Park.

Public Tasting Room

Also from this winery

Med Wines by Bodegas Iranzo
Sparkling wine
Macabeo - 30%, Xarel.lo (or Xarello) - 40%, Parellada - 30%
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Suggested Recipe Pairings

Chicken Marsala with Pancetta & Cream

View recipe at Epicurious.com

Meatloaf with Fresh Scallions & Herbs

View recipe at Epicurious.com

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