Monday, April 1, 2013

Jesús Díaz Tempranillo

Jesús Díaz Joven Tempranillo 2011

Madrid, Spain

Since yesterday was Easter I just had to open up a wine from Spanish producer Jesús Díaz. Possibly not very politically correct, but it made me chuckle.

Review: Well, the wine is certainly no laughing matter. This Tempranillo is just chalk full of fruit flavors -- intense plums, cherries, and black berries. Since this wine is done in the "joven" style, where it sees little or no oak ageing, the wine doesn't have those leather, licorice, or vanilla flavors you might expect. Instead, the fresh fruit lingers on the palate with just a bit of cocoa. Overall, it has a nice medium body and good juicy fruit. At a medium price point, I thought this was a good value buy, too!

Food Pairing: Maybe it's because spring is very nearly here, but I thought this Tempranillo would be fabulous with nice, saucy barbecue. If it's still too chilly out, though, a steak under the broiler would be a fine substitute. With Worcestershire sauce. And a touch of horseradish.

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this wine. Nothing too complex -- just fruit forward goodness. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Vinos de Madrid DO (Denominación de Origen) -- Madrid Designation of Origin
  • GRAPE: 100% Tempranillo
  • AGEING: Joven (no ageing)
  • BOOZE: 14%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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