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Yorba Wines 2007 Tempranillo - Wine Review

Sierra Foothills, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week September 26, 2011

A bottle of Yorba Wines 2007 Tempranillo, our wine of the week

Yorba Wines
2007 Tempranillo

Sierra Foothills, CA

The family behind Yorba knows a thing or two about California agriculture. Fourth-generation farmers, the Kraemer family developed their vineyard in 2003 in the up-and-coming region of the Sierra Foothills. Their focus is on four red varietals known to grow well in the region: Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah and Tempranillo. The 2007 Tempranillo is a vibrant, rich, full-bodied wine. It offers lush berry notes and an underlying bitter, dark chocolate that carries through from the aroma to the finish. Other predominant notes on the nose include bright red raspberry and spice. The fruit flavor evolves to blackberry and black raspberry on the palate, with bramble, cigar and clove, along with that chocolate near the finish. With its soft tannins and bright acidity, the wine is surprisingly approachable for such a big-bodied red. A nice choice for the first cool days of the season, the wine would pair well with a soup of roasted autumn squashes, a salad of grilled squid or seared duck with a rich berry sauce. A fairly versatile wine, it would also work as the accompaniment for that last barbeque of summer.

Rating: 13.5/20

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(Updated: 09/22/11 BH)

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