McConnell Estates 2010 Tempranillo
Dry raspberries, currant, a hint of hickory and brown sugar. The nose is an interesting battle between fruit and earth. I use the word battle just for dramatic appeal. If it were a battle, think foam weaponry. It’s not dangerous but enough to keep your interest. The battle is even, nicely balanced in fact, which keeps it interesting until it reaches your rear palate when the spices arrive to break up the squabble. Tannin structure is inviting. I almost pulled my wallet out for this one.
(K&S Rating: 4 of 6)
Winemaker Notes: “This vintage is a classic Tempranillo with hints of black currant and raspberries. A perfect Tempranillo for sipping or pairing, not too heavy, well balanced with a toasted finish. Aged in French & American oak for 24months with a little tannat blended into it.”