Join us for our Friday Evening Wine Tasting, featuring a French Chardonnay and a Spanish Rioja. The balloons will be flying!
Les Roucas Chardonnay
VITICULTURE With the help of a group of pioneering winegrowers, Foncalieu has committed to organic agriculture. It is a choice which requires more work and greater investment, to produce lower per-hectare yields. But it is a source of great pride to be able to offer consumers wines sprung from soils which are healthier and more alive than ever before. This wine is full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors, with a dry and refreshing finish. Some buttery and slightly nutty notes can also be found on the palate. Ideal as an aperitif, with salads, white meats and fishes. Fantastic with grilled prawns.
Pronunciation: “temp-rah-nee-yo” Tempranillo Characteristics: Fruit: cherry, plum, tomato, and dried fig Other: cedar, leather, tobacco, vanilla, dill, and clove Oak: yes; typically aged 6-18 months in American or French Oak TANNIN: medium-plus tannin Acidity: medium-minus acidity ABV: 13-14.5% Bright, garnet red with purple and gold glints. Aromas of cedar, smoke, spice box, tobacco, and blackberry. Fruity with a toasted wood and Vanilla aroma. In the mouth it is full, elegant and velvety smooth with good body. What Does Tempranillo Wine Taste Like? Spanish Tempranillo delivers contrasting flavors of leather and cherries. The finer the wine, the more balance there is between earth and fruit. The finish is typically smooth and lingers with the taste of tannin on both sides of your mouth. Tempranillo wines from New World regions, including Argentina, Mexico, and the United States, generally offer more fruit flavors like cherry and tomato-sauce, followed by chunky tannins and less earthy notes. Tempranillo can be characterized as either a medium-to full-bodied, with red fruit characteristics. If you’ve never tried Tempranillo before, you may find it has a similar taste profile to both Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. A Note About Body: Tempranillo does taste full-bodied from good vintages with the addition of new-oak aging. However, it has thinner skins and larger grapes than Syrah so when you look at it in a glass, it appears more translucent. Because of the style of traditional oak aging in Spain, Tempranillo often has a ruddy-orange hue. While the flavor is big, the texture is usually not oily or thick.