Wine of the Week: Tempra Tantrum 2009 Tempranillo /Shiraz Blend
Another sample courtesy of UnderdogWineMerchant.com, this Spanish wine with a nicely designed, trendy label seems to be part of what the company calls a "Nuevo-Vino" approach to winemaking.
I did a little poking around on the winery's website and decided that this wine's being marketed to what I assume is a younger, less wine-snobby crowd with a slick, but funky design, lots of social media emphasis and a blog by the bleach-blonde, young, attractive winemaker, Rocio Osborne. Would the wine match the marketing personality?
The wine is a murky, mulberry color that looks as if it could act as a substitute for the old-school ink used with those big, feather pens. Despite its deep coloring, the mouthfeel is lacking, and thin for a Shiraz or a Tempranillo.
It's lighter, with soft tannins that finish on the tip of the tongue and flavors of berries, cherries, cocoa and an earthiness all sandwiched together. It's fruity, but not too fruity. As far as modernity goes - the blend seems to work, and it's one I haven't spotted (although I haven't been looking) before, so perhaps that's where the modern edge comes into play. This is also a good, middle-of-the-road, affordable ($10) wine. It's got that in the bag -- or in this case, the screw top.
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