Wine of the Week for October 18, 2010

Panascal Tempranillo 2006 - $ 9.85
Style: R3
Spain: Castilla y Leon
Look for aromas of dark chocolate, cedar and black raspberry. Lush on the palate, with firm tannins and a slightly racy acidity supporting plum, blackberry and dark cherry flavours. Quite big, with very good length, it's awesome for the price. A good partner for goulalsh, portobellos or salty cheeses. (LCBO 343434)
Currently 221 LCBO stores have 6 or more bottles (according to on-line database)

From The Frugal Oenophile's WinegrapePrimer
Tempranillo (tem-pruh-NEE-yoh) Variety
The workhorse and most important noble grape of Spain, Tempranillo is the main ingredient in the red wines of Rioja, Pened�s and Ribera del Duero. The grape covers roughly 1/4 of Spain�s vineyards, and thrives in that nation�s challenging climate. Outside Spain it can be found in Portugal, where it is called Tinta Roriz and goes into Dao, Douro and Port. There are plantings in Languedoc, California (called Valdepe�as there), Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa, but Spain is where Tempranillo rules. Usually blended with garnacha and carignan, it can also be found partnered with cabernet sauvignon or standing alone as a varietal. The wine is usually aged in oak, and in old world Spain may rest too long in American oak barrels.

Milcampos Tempranillo 2006 - $ 9.95
Style: R3

Spain: Ribera del Duero
This one is almost tar black in the glass, and shows an interesting sweet pickle aroma right off the top, followed by black cherry and plum flavours. Rather full, with good length, and a firm tannic close. Still young in the tannin area, but it shouild work well with heartier meats off the barbie. (LCBO 173625)
Currently 176 LCBO stores have 6 or more bottles (according to on-line database) 

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