Wine of the Week for June 19, 2006

Rene Barbier Tempranillo-Merlot 2004 - $8.95
Style: R3
Spain: Penedes

Tempranillo is the grape behind Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and other Spanish delights, and it lends itself well to a paring with Merlot. With a rich garnet colour, this one shows aromas of pepper, cardamom and cherry. Rich and juicy on the palate, very round and mellow yet character filled, showing dark berry flavours and soft tannins, and good body and length. This is a terrific value and would go well with lamb, portobellos or poultry straight off the grill. (LCBO 640193)

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