Many wineries regularly offer wines made from special grape varietals in limited quantities and only at certain times of the year. This is often a bummer because it always seems that once you get around to tasting a really good selection and then make the decision to buy more, the wine is nowhere to be found.
Take Viader’s Tempranillo, a prime example of the “buy now, taste later” quandary that we all experience from time to time. Late last year, Viader ran a special Tempranillo offer for the people on their mailing list featuring the 2009 vintage.
It sold quickly, and before most of us got around to tasting it, so sad, all gone. Therefore a word of advice regarding these specials, forget the “transport shock” issue and taste one when they arrive. If you like, order more, for they will soon be gone.
So what was the appeal with the 2009 vintage? It is totally “Spanish”, showing off the full potential of this varietal when properly grown and produced here in the States. With a deep bouquet of dark cherries and aromatic spice, the similarities to a top notch Spanish Rioja are exhibited right up front. But it also sports that added vanilla and violet nuance that typifies Napa.
Add in a totally mouth-filling depth that compliments cheese casseroles or paella more closely than so many wines, you have a very versatile pairing choice that can be racked up for special events, right along with your favorite Riojas. Very well done!
At a cost of under $40, this email offer turned out to be an excellent value. Entering a larger order would have been in much better judgment, live and learn.
According to Viader, the next online offer for the “Dare Tempranillo” will be early in 2014. So if you like wines with a Spanish flair, get on their mailing list, pronto.