It hails from the wonderful region of Ribera Del Duero, just east of the Portuguese border, and uses the same variety as Rioja, tempranillo, called tinto fino
here, but with completely different results.
Famous for its high altitude vineyards and extreme climate, the northern Spanish wine region produces powerful and elegant wines made primarily from Spain's most famous red variety, Tempranillo, also known in the area as Tinto Fino
or Tinta del Pais.
The tempranillo grape, known as the tinto fino
in Vega Sicilia, is opulent and cherry coloured and flavoured with ripe fruits and a toasted autumnal finish.
The main grape here is the tinto fino
, a local variety of the famous tempranillo, where it is used to produce big, full-bodied reds that are now rivalling Rioja's dominance of Spanish wine.
It's a kind of natural selection and recent research has shown the DNA of Tinta de Toro is not quite the same even as Tinto Fino
, a couple of hours' drive away in Ribera del Duero.
In both places, wines are made mainly from the red grape Tempranillo (called Tinto Fino
in Ribera del Duero).
silky smooth, well balanced, savoury, full-flavoured wines made from the Tinto Fino
, the name for the Tempranillo grape, which I reckon is the finest of Spain's grape varieties.
Tannins from the amazing blend of tinto fino
(the local name for tempranillo), cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec, are pronounced but completed integrated.
Home to the Vega Sicilia wine, the Ribera Del Duero region is characterised by its flat, rocky terrain, where soils deposited by the Duero river provide ideal growing conditions for the Tempranillo grape, known locally as Tinto Fino
In Ribera it's know as Tinto Fino
, in Toro, Tinta de Toro ( and it tastes very different from the plum and strawberry flavours I associate with Rioja ( Tempranillo's heartland.
Tamaral only grows one grape variety ( Tinto Fino
, alias Tinta del Pais, but far better known (especially in Rioja) as Tempranillo.