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Campo Viejo Crianza 2005 Tempranillo

Posted by Noddy, Dec 28, 2008.

I tried the subject wine the other day, and the jury is still out on it! I am not sure what this is suppose to taste like... Is this an acquired taste? To me it seemed bitter with a weird aftertaste. I got a venturi for Christmas and even that didn't help. What exactly IS tempranillo? Did I get a bad bottle or is it just a low quality wine?


Reply by SetarconeX, Dec 28, 2008.

Tempranillo is one of the primary grapes of Spain, and can have an aftertaste that takes a little bit of getting used to if you're not Spanish.

Campo Viejo, is probably about the most basic Tempranillo you can get your hands on. I've had worse, and I've had better. Their reserve is MUCH better than their standard. I'd try a couple other bottles of Tempranillo before I made my decision (took me about a half dozen bottles before I realized how much I liked it), but like I said, it's not a grape for everyone.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Dec 29, 2008.

One thing I have to say for Tempranillo is that it's mellow and smooth and works well with a lot of foods. It's not my favorite grape, but I'll definitely order a bottle with dinner if I'm in the mood.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 29, 2008.

That is an odd note for a crianza. What did you have the wine with? It may very well have been an off bottle. Perhaps the oak was a bit bitter for you?

Wines made from predominantly Tempranillo can run the gamut for delightfully fruity roses and Joven wines to deep brooding, extracted raspberry, tobacco, and earth laden, modern marvels, to the most ethereal and complex examples of aged wines when you get an old Gran Reserva. It is a grape worth exploring. Some examples coming out of California aren't half bad either!

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