Before anyone says “Oh no, not another tempranillo!” let us explain. Tempranillo has already shown its versatility as a red wine and as a rosé. It has more than one flavor profile and adds a great deal to any number of blends. But here is another flavor set for this grape if leather, blueberry and herbs don’t excite you.
This 2006 from Robledo came from grapes grown in Sonoma and it introduces itself with red currants and redwood aromas. The berry fruits in the taste are rich and are complemented by a balance of tannins and acids with subtle oak influences. Not bad for a grape that is notoriously tannic. This is an excellent food wine. The Robledo family heritage would suggest serving it with any number of Hispanic dishes. However, be careful. Anything too spicy might diminish the flavor of the wine and that would be a shame.