Wine Review: Viñedos y Bodegas Muñoz’s Artero Tempranillo

2010 Artero Tempranillo

Ingredients:

  • 100% Tempranillo

This was a wine recommended to me by our local sommelier (yes… we do have one). He knows that I love the beefy, super dry Spanish reds while my husband loves a sweeter Cabernet Sauvignon.

So how does this Spanish red work for Mr. Wonderful? Artero is from the region of La Mancha (Don Quixote traveled through there chasing wind mills… remember… no?… okay…) and has a 14% alcohol content. It is a sweeter red with tastes of cherries, strawberries and oak. I am not sure if they use oak… it is just the only way I know of to describe that not quite so woodsy… not quite so herbal taste. Just checked their website… they use steel tanks for a few weeks before racking for 2-3 months. I assume the racking is barreling? Anyone know?

We had this wine with some locally made New York STYLE pizza (yes… New Yorkers I know it is not the same, but it is what we have here). The wine was the highlight as we were so surprised by the sweetness. 14# alcohol content is at the lower range for a dessert wine; although, this is not a dessert wine. It should be enjoyed slowly as it is really amazing!

~Emme

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