Vineyard: Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock, TX
Type of wine: tempranillo
Nose: earthy, bold, dark fruit
Palate: earthy, rich berry, full
Rating: 4 out of 5
I received this bottle of Llano Estacado’s 2009 Texas High Plains Tempranillo directly from the winemaker, Greg Bruni, for tasting and review. I have had a few different Tempranillo wines in the past and they all have had an earthy and bold nose and flavor in common. The wine pours to a deep red color consistent with what you would expect from a Tempranillo. At first the nose of the wine seemed rather faint and indistinguishable. Once I swirled the wine around for a while and let it open up though it began to have very pleasant earthy, bold and dark bouquet, like that of a nice pinot noir or zinfandel. Before allowing the wine to open up the taste was rather bitter, however the first taste of the wine after swirling it and allowing it to open is very earthy and rich out in front. Flavors of rich, dark berries and fruit follow through and the wine finishes bold and full. This wine would pair wonderfully with a steak or other beef entrees. I do believe with the proper aeration you will thoroughly enjoy this wine, if you like full, bold and rich red wines. I was informed by Llano that this wine should be available in Houston Specs stores soon, and those around the state.