You know how the Stork delivers babies to all of the parents in the world? Well, this bottle of wine was dropped off to me by FedEx and not Stork, but I signed for the unexpected package with the excitement of a father welcoming home his first child. And given that tempranillo is the officially unofficial grape of the great state of Texas, this Houstonian was simply bursting with joy.
Here’s how it went down: The wine is a really pretty ruby red color in the glass—so much so that my wife commented on the nice color. On PNP, I got strong hints of alcohol/heat and a little bit of bramble or mushroom on the nose. I was a bit surprised by this, as tempranillo is usually pretty fruity. SWMBO noted dark berries and green pepper on her first whiff. My first taste had an odd rush of heat, right off the bat. That subsided into a really rich, fruity taste. I noted strong, ripe hints of cherry, in a very savory way. SWMBO noticed dark chocolate flavors that continued from her initial taste through the finish.
We left the wine alone in the decanter for a bit, then came back to it. Apparently, it just needed some time to itself, because it was a whole different ballgame, when we re-poured the wine. The brambly, mushroom taste was still present, but had moved to the background. In its place were notes of the same ripe fruit that were present on my initial tasting. The taste had greatly improved, as well. The initial heat blew off and what was left was a very mild, but ripe, red-fruity taste. My wife noted cherry flavors and continued to taste the dark chocolate.
And the finish to this wine is a bit odd: It is full of big, savory flavors. I don’t know how better to describe it, but we all noted just how salty or savory the finish was. SWMBO described it as, “It doesn’t taste like I just got done eating French fries. But it does taste like I just got done swimming in the ocean.”
All in all, this was a really nice wine. Notably, I loved the lack of oakiness. Oak is the most prominent red-wine killer in my book, and this wine skirts gently by that dilemma. We hypothesized that this wine would be a very good value at around $15 or $16/bottle. This offering comes in, after tax and shipping, right around this amount (or maybe a smidge higher). But given the cause that you’re also supporting, this bouncing bundle of joy seems like a pretty solid deal.