Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 4/1/11

Hello and Happy Friday (ok so it’s Saturday)!

Yes, it is still cold, and even rainy from time to time – but I’m dreaming of the outdoors and in particular getting the grill going.

You will hear me call many wines in the next few months BBQ reds. What qualifies a red to pair with grilled meat or BBQ? It has to be the perfect balance of fruit, spice and oak.

So here we go – I’m kicking off Spring with this absolute steal of a red wine, a 10 year-old Spanish Tempranillo from one of the countries most iconic winemakers, Alejandro Fernández.

Don’t sleep on this, this tastes like a wine three times the price, and it is going to make your grilled or BBQ fare that much better!




Wines without appellations – could be the name of a new charity that I’m starting – instead it is the topic for discussion in today’s Friday Feature.

Dehesa la Granja is a winery that sits just outside of the appellation of Toro. Sitting on the outskirts looking in has always made for an uphill battle in its image and promotion. Pretty surprising considering its owner, Alejandro Fernández has lots of “street cred” as he also owns two historic properties in Ribera del Duero – Tinto Pesquera and Condado de Haza.

While Toro and the wines of Zamora aren’t as well known as some other regions for Tempranillo, the history of the region for wine is longstanding. The Dehesa la Granaja cellars were carved out of rock in the mid 1700’s, a process that took over a hundred workers to accomplish during a 17 year span!

A sprawling 250-hectares of vines was laid out on the River Guareña. Zamora is a very warm growing area, with very cold nights. The resulting grapes are packed with fruit flavor and good natural acidity.

Fernández’s thumbprint is clearly defined in the Dehesa la Granja wines. The 2000 Selección comes from selected plots of Tempranillo vines. The wine was fermented in new Allier oak barrels and then rested in barrel for 30-months.

A very complex nose combining oak spice, dark berry fruit, mushroom and mocha. Very silky on the palate, combining additional dark berry fruit with earthy, meaty and pepper notes on the long finish. Grilled lamb and beef are perfect matches.

An amazingly complex, rich and classic style of Tempranillo from Spain, this legitimately tastes like a wine two or three times its price point. A 10 year-old Tempranillo for under $30? Do not miss it!

$27.99 BTL. / $167.94 SIX-PACK CASE

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