Casa Todelano Tempranillo

At a Glance
Overall blueberry, pomegranate, light oak
Notes excellent value.  well rounded, smooth and easy to drink.  medium tannins.  add this to your good-value house wine list.  good with pizza and tapas.
Sweetness dry – 6 g/L
Price $8.15
LCBO# 13462
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Osborne Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Juicy and fruit forward.  Rich mouthfeel with a lightly spiced and oak finish
Blend of: Tempranillo & Cabernet Sauvignon
At a Glance
Taste plum, vanilla, spice
Smell plum, oak, vanilla
Food pot roast
Sweetness dry
Price $11.45
LCBO# 610188
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Beronia Tempranillo Rioja 2012

I can say with confidence that Spain is going to be 2016’s go-to for value wines.  It’s not perfect in terms of acidity and finesse but this bottle has some structure and oak to it and is a great value for $13.  Try a spanish red already!

Alcohol/Vol 14%
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, cherry, oak
Smell dark berry fruit, cedar, spice
Food stew, game
Sweetness extra dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 243055
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Hermanos Lurton Tempranillo 2012

It’s big, spanish, has gripping tannins and notes of medium-heavy toasted oak.  My new benchmark Tempranillo.  Alcohol/Vol 15%.  100% Tempranillo.
Update: Discontinued and reduced in price from $16.95 -> $13.95 -> $7.60 (so basically a sane non-Canadian price)
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, earth, toasted oak
Smell mulberry, blueberry, grape skins
Food stew, game
Sweetness extra dry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 372342
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Update: 6 Months Later (2016-03):

Taste: cassis, black tea, plum

Smell: mulberry, blackberry, blueberry, cedar, tobacco

 

 

 

Candidato Oro 2005

The aromas were much easier to identify than the flavours in this particular wine.  To add to the tasting notes below, there was something sweet and sour about this wine that stood out especially when mixed with herbaceous notes.
Although mostly tempranillo, this vintage was also blended with some grenache.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste sour berry, tomato leaf, bitters
Smell sweet smoke, spice, blueberry
Food cold cuts
Sweetness dry
Price $7.95
LCBO# 523811
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Penascal Tempranillo 2005

This Spanish tempranillo is what I’d imagine you’d find on most people’s table in Spain, it’s good table wine and the price is just right.
Although the wine is not very complex, I do like the firm tannins in play.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, oak, tea
Smell blackberry, vanilla, spice
Food lamb, stew, sausages
Sweetness dry
Price $8.95
LCBO# 343434
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Fontal Tempranillo Crianza 2004

With a medium-full mouthfeel, this tempranillo is wide and juicy. Finishing off with sweet tannins and a fruity yet earthy finish.
Interesting note: Due to the region’s (La Mancha) dry climate, the rows of vines are planted far apart so the roots don’t compete for what little moisture there is in the soil between rainfalls.
Release Date: May 10, 2008
At a Glance
Taste dark berry, earth, oak
Smell red berry, earth, plum
Food sausage
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 720235
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