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Elefante Primero Tempranillo

Elefante Primero Tempranillo 2015

Castilla-La Mancha, SpainOld-ish bush vines (25-32 years), limestone, marl and sandstone from 510 to 610 metres and a 92/8 mix of tempranillo and garnacha overcomes a garish label to offer a super value barbecue red. 2015 was a hot, dry vintage in Spain but this red was moderated by the high altitude of Manchuela and the age of the vineyards before a bit of rain, and a cooler fall, brought everything back to life at harvest. Much of the fruit was aged in stainless steel before six months seasoning in French and American oak. The secret is some twenty percent Rioja tempranillo aged in French oak that is added to the blend three months before bottling. The nose is clean and aromatic, the palate is rich and dark, with floral fruits, soft tannins and just a hint of game in the mix. Open, splash decant, and pour all year round by the barbecue.Tasted: 08 January 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 14.99 BCLS Producer: Real Compañía de VinosDistributors: The Delf Group
Blend: Tempranillo - GarnachaCSPC: 261268UPC: 8437004518064