Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of Tempranillo. I’ve enjoyed some lovely fruity, savory, spicy bottles, and I’ve had a few thin, bitter, over-oaked bottles, so it tends to be rather hit or miss for me. I picked up Cepa Hito 21 Ribera del Duero 2010 simply because I fancied the label, and it was a Tempranillo not from Rioja, but from Ribera del Duero. Cepa 21 is a new brand created by Emilio Moro. The Moro family has been producing wine in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain for over 120 years. Composed in a modern style, the name symbolizes the union between tradition [cepa=vine] and modernity [21=21st century]. Organic and sustainable farming methods are used in the vineyards, and the family has a strong commitment to combining traditional and modern approaches along with an enthusiasm for wine tourism.
Dark red-violet in colour, aromas of cherry, toasty oak and vanilla swirled about in the glass. Jammy cherry and blackberry flavours were entwined with sweet vanilla and traces of herbaceous elements in the medium to full body. Spicy crushed black peppercorn was lengthened by caramel and traces of black cherry on the moderate finish. Straightforward and easy drinking, this is a fantastic glass for the table or on its own.
Ribera del Duero
Elaborated and bottled by Bodegas Cepa
Enjoy now thru 2014