Tempranillo is to Spain as Malbec is to Argentina – each grape is really taking its own root into each of those cultures which have been migrating out to other countries of the world. Thankfully, there are many wine distributors who do a good job of seeking out some of the harder-to-find wines and bring them to this country.
La Legua is a Spanish winery who’s committed to producing top-quality wines at prices that everyday folks can afford yet still bring excellent amounts of pleasure to one’s palate.
Its 2006 Tempranillo is acually blended with 4% Garnacha, and represents a decent Q.P.R. (Quality-to-price-ratio).
Grape Types: 96% Tempranillo, 4% Garnacha
Vinification: 20 day maceration in tank
Elevage: 5 months in tank
Notes: Produced from 25 year old vines just 7 kilometers north of Valladolid.
Nose: Oak chips soaked in moldy plums and covered with cherries, anise, black cherry, wet sock, celary stock.
Taste: Wet sock stuffed with oak rotton plums. A touch on the over-oaked side with a hint of bacon fat. The finish is pretty good but gets a bit disjointed for me at the very end.
For the $9 I paid for this wine, it’s a pretty solid effort and a fun tempranillo to drink for the money. If you’re at all curious about this grape variety and don’t want to sink a ton of money into trying it then give this one a whirl.
W.E.P. Scale Rating: 90%