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Cantalapiedra Arenisca Tinto 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: No hooey in this bottle, it was an OUTSTANDING BARGAIN and a delicious Spanish Tempranillo by anyone’s definition.

Producer/Winery: Isaac and his son Manuel Cantalapiedra; La Seca, Spain.

Grape Variety: Tempranillo,

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Toro; Castilla y León, Spain.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $16.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Stuffed baked potato with chicken fajita and black bean/corn salad.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking. Just clear (or slightly opaque, inky dark ruby color with a lighter red rim. Very musty wet leather aromas mixed with both red and dark fruit and fresh cut dill. Soft and smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body and an 80-grit texture. Flavors of cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate. Very nice level of fresh acidity, fine-grained tannins that just showed their grip in the long mouth watering dense cherry and raisin tasting finish that ends with just a hint of soft spice. WOW, this wine was a real sleeper…enticing bouquet, expanding layers of flavors that continued to add interest from the first sip to the last and a beguiling finish that simply invited the next sip. We especially liked the soft, smooth mouthfeel and innocuous tannin grip that went on and on. Excellent paired with the dinner, but fantastic sipping without food. No hooey in this bottle, it was an OUTSTANDING BARGAIN and a delicious Spanish Tempranillo by anyone’s definition.

Isaac (Right) and his son Manuel Cantalapiedra in their vineyard
Photo from José Pastor Selections.

Comments:

Alcohol Content: 12-14%

Closure: Wax sealed 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Llaurador Wines; Fairfax, California.