Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Finca El Retiro 2007 Tempranillo (Argentina)
It's not often that you find a Tempranillo outside of Southern Europe, where it flourishes in Spain and kicks around Portugal under assumed names ... so to get a version out of Argentina is somewhat unique and somewhat exciting for a wine lover - if for nothing else, just to see what Argentina can do with a grape like this. From my experience tonight I would say they do quite well. This wine is loaded with spicy goodness throughout, along with black licorice aromas and black currant flavours. As it opens it smooths and becomes a wine perfectly paired with roast beef, potatoes and even salad - though I wouldn't go with strictly a salad, this wine needs a meat accompaniment., and when it gets it, it shines.