Tempted by Tempranillo

This flight illustrates the divide between European and New World approaches. The Pesquera has complementary brett that works but offends some. The Yalumba is ripe and supple.

Pesquera Ribera del Duero DO Reserva 2001
100% Tempranillo. P&B by Alejandro Fernandez in Pesquera in Valladolid 13.5% $34.89 at Bottle Barn Pesquera

Yalumba Barossa Hand Picked TGV 2005
Ripe and supple is this ride on the fast train. 89% Tempranillo, 6% Grenache and 5% Viognier, co-fermented, aged 10 months in new, 1 and 2 year-old French and Hungarian oak. Winemkaer Louisa Rose. 13.5% $23.99 at Bottle Barn Yalumba

Yalumba Winery

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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