IMG_0312 - CopyOh the weather outside is frightful, but the wine I’m sipping is so delightful, I’ve really got no place to go, so pop the cork, let it snow, let it snow!

Yes folks, so far I have survived the great blizzard of 2013. The official Griffy accumulation was 31 inches, if anyone is keeping score, which is really not a great accomplishment considering I’ve survived the Greater Blizzard of 1978, the many blizzards of 2011, and record annual snow fall of 1990-something. The bottom line is that no matter the media hype, snow happens, and it gives us a great excuse to stay inside and drink wine.

I spent this storm sipping a bottle of Torremoron Ribera Del Duero Tempranillo 2011. The label is wine geek heaven: Name of the wine (Torremoron); Wine Region (Ribera Del Duero, Spain) Grape (100% Tempranillo); wine description, age of the vines, soil, elevation, and climate. The yellowy-orange label features a big red M overlaid with a T, classic branding. Despite reading like a parts catalog for an automotive repair company on the surface, inside the bottle is a really good wine for $11.

Torremoron, is a very successful little cooperative located in the town of Quintanamanvirgo (population 106). Bodegas Torremoron has been running since 1957 and has 300 members that control some 500 acres of vineyards. You don’t have to be a math whiz to figure out that it’s a lot of folks with small parcels of land. These are some really old vines, with some reaching up to 120 years of age. Everyone in this town is in the wine business and has been for generations.

The wine is a bright purple color, a joy to look at in your glass when held up to the light. The nose is light by my taste, but has a nice old-world earthiness with red berries. The taste–Ah, now we’re talking–the wine reminded me of a Zinfandel, less body maybe, but excellent flavor. This wine is all about the fruit. It is not aged in wood, but rather in stainless steel, and it makes the finish smooth and memorable. The wine displays great character, a unique interpretation of the Tempranillo grape, and is a remarkable value. If you want to buy a case, feel free, the wine should last two to three years without a problem.

Would a wine snob drink this wine? Probably not, and they’d be missing something. This is an honest wine, made by honest down-to-earth folks. It’s a great example of an artisanal, handcrafted wine rather than a commercial wine with no personality or soul. I suggest you find it, buy it, and enjoy!


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