2020 Torremoron Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain (750 ml)

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Founded in 1957, Bodegas Torremorón is a cooperative of growers and vintners who are passionate about crafting authentic and pure examples of high elevation Tempranillo in the north central area of Ribera del Duero, Spain. Located in the very tiny village of Quintanamanvirgo (population 94), the winery is one of only two businesses in town and apparently all of the locals are employed by the Bodega! The vineyards, which range in age from 80 to 100 years old, reside just outside of town in the province of Burgos where the soil is composed of sand with some clay and limestone in the subsoil. At an elevation of 2,703 feet, the grapes benefit from a continental climate featuring hot days and cool nights throughout the growing season; the moderately low annual rainfall lengthens the ripening period, resulting in greater complexity and aromatic intensity in the grapes. Consequently, wines from Burgos are darker and more concentrated than those from western subregions of Ribera del Duero. This tinto is 100% Tempranillo that was aged in stainless steel tank for three months before filtration and bottling. Thanks to the lack of oak and very old vines, some dating as far back as 1908, this wonderfully expressive wine offers a profusely concentrated and clean bouquet of black and blue summer fruits as in boysenberry, black cherry and huckleberry. Slightly dusty tannins emerge on the medium-bodied palate yet a bright and juicy acidity provides graceful balance. Earthy elements arise on the mid-palate including traces of beetroot, smoky minerals and cigar box while the finish highlights a spicy black currant note and slightly chewy tannins. The interplay of dark fruit and earthy tones makes this an ideal match for grilled, herb-marinated lamb skewers or a wild mushroom pizza topped with fresh herbs.

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