I have reviewed a few Kosher Tempranillos fairly recently. They came from Spain and Argentina. As you may know, Tempranillo is Spain’s signature red grape. Bodegas Tobia is a family winery 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. You can visit the producer’s wine cellar from 10 am to 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. The companion wine is an Argentine Kosher Malbec at a few dollars less.
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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 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 sautéed 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 remained.
My next meal started 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 forward 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 fairly long.
The focus of the third meal was a slice of slow cooked beef that pushed 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 cooked with the meat harshened the drink’s acidity. Generous gobs of green Yemeni jalepeno pepper sauce on the meat had virtually no effect.
Final verdict. I will not be buying this wine again.Access the companion wine A Wine Lover's Weekly Review Of $10 Wines - Another Kosher Argentine Malbec
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. His wine websites include
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