If you are a regular reader here this may come as a surprise to you (not), these little gems were a Costco find.
I can’t help myself. Every time I walk in there I’m abruptly drawn to the wine section like it’s some sort of a vortex. Anyway, I’m not going to lie, it was the 96pt sticker that first caught my eye. But then I was like hmm… a Tempranillo. Then, oh look it’s a 2012. So I grabbed a couple of bottles, you know for research purposes.
A little background on its origins for ya…
Toro is a wine reason in north-western Spain known for it’s bold and robust red wines made from Tempranillo grapes. Wine has been produced in the Toro region since pre-Roman times, for royalty even. So I trust they know a thing or two about winemaking.
The Tempranillo grape is not only Spain’s most prominent grape, it also happens to be its flagship grape. The word tempranillo stems from the Spanish word temprano meaning early. Tempranillo is an early ripening grape and probably how it got its name.
Tempranillo is found in many fine wines from both Spain and Portugal such as Rioja and Port.
Now onto the deets of this fine Carodorum 2012 Tempranillo:
Average price: $30.00
Winery: Caradorum Bodegas
Region: Toro, Castilla y Leon, Spain
Regional style: Spanish Toro Red
Food Pairing: Beef – Lamb – Game (deer, venison)
Wine style: Red – Rich and Intense
This was a fantastic bottle of wine, well worth $30 if not more to be honest. I paired it with some Italian inspired stuffed peppers loaded with tomato sauce and mozzarella and well, it made for a pretty memorable meal. It had great body, amazing flavor, and a wonderful aroma. I can’t recommend this tempranillo enough!
I rated this Carodorum 2012 Tempranillo five stars on my Vivino app.
Cheers to a happy Friday! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for reading. x -j