A Wine Lover’s Near Weekly Review Of $15 Wines – Another Kosher Tempranillo From Spain

I have reviewed a few Kosher Tempranillos fairly recently. They came from Spain and Argentina. You might know that  Tempranillo is Spain’s signature red grape. Bodegas Tobia is a family winery that was founded in 1994. They exploit 150 hectares (about 375 acres) in over 15 municipalities. La Rioja is often a fine area for wine. Its Ebro Valley is sheltered by the Sierra de la Cantabrian Mountains. The producer’s wine cellar is open from 10 am to 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. Our companion wine is an Argentine Kosher Malbec at a few dollars less.

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Wine Reviewed Vicedo Tempranillo Rioja DOC Kosher For Passover Mevushal 2011 13.5 % alcohol $13.

There were no marketing materials so we quote the back label “Tasting notes : brillant deep cherry color with purple rim, wide, intense red fruit and flower aromas.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine offered weak acidity but was fairly long and presented good, light tannins. The initial meal centered on a roast salmon filet that was marinated in a mixture of cumin, black pepper, cumin, coriander seeds, and real maple syrup. In response the Tempranillo’s acidity was slightly more assertive and this wine was almost mouth filling. Packaged potato pancakes extended the wine’s acidity to the point of acceptability but it was thin. When paired with a medley of sauteed red peppers, onions, and mushrooms our Rioja friend responded with a bit of chocolate. Fresh raspberries for dessert muted the chocolate but the wine’s acidity did remain.

My next meal started out with a homemade vegetable soup. In response Red was slightly thin but offered good acidity and bright plums. The main dish of baked chicken thighs brought out the libation’s acidity but there was little else in my glass. When paired with the side dish of chickpeas in tomato sauce the drink responded with harsh acidity. It was somewhat thin but rather long.

The focus of the third meal was a slice of slow cooked beef that managed to push the quaff’s acidity a bit out of whack. The liquid was a smidgen too sweet but it was long. When this wine was paired with green peas and coriander it came out slightly metallic and did not have much fruit. Slices of white potatoes that had been cooked with the meat harshened the drink’s acidity. Generous dollops of green Yemeni jalepeno pepper sauce on the meat had virtually no effect.

Final verdict. I will not be buying this wine again.

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