WBW #16 – Altos de Tamaron, 2002

This month’s theme of Wine Blogging Wednesday is Judge A Bottle By Its Cover, hosted by Derrick.

For my first entry in a WBW event, I chose this bottle:

Altos de Tamaron, Tinto 2002
Ribera del Duero DO, Spain
(100 % Tempranillo)

Why did I choose this wine? First, I like artsy labels… the painting reminded me of the parts of northern Spain I have visited years ago, and I liked the concept of a two-part label. I love blue, and I feel that the typographic style chosen ist very modern, as opposed to many wine labels/covers you can usually see over here in the ‚old world‘. On top of that, I’ve always wanted to try a Tempranillo from that part of the world…

The wine was far from spectacular, an intense but somewhat brilliant red which didn’t remind me of most Spanish Tempranillos, medium-bodied, with fruity untertones and only a slight hint of tannines. Basically, it fits the label – it is a modern, new-style wine not reminiscent of traditional wines from that area, and a good match to any rustic, substantial meal, or a few slices of jamon de pata negra or chorizo.

Ribera del Duero is becoming one of my favorite winemaking regions in Spain, usually you can find good wines which are underrated for reasonable prices.

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