tlily, this note is for you.
Purchased from the winery for around $14. The wine is designated as "California", but I suspect most of the grapes comes from the Lodi area. It is blended with 10% charbono, and aged 10 months in French, American and "European" oak barrels. This is the first California tempranillo I've ever tried.
Dark purple color. Toasty melted caramel, molasses, and black raspberry aromas have you expecting a super-extracted wine. However, the fruit is fleshy and the body of the wine is bereft of any discernable structure. Some decent chocolate notes that one might find in a rioja, but the similarities pretty much end there. Minimal to no tannins or acidity on the finish. Drink now. 84P
Is there any varietal that Mitch Cosentino hasn't bottled yet?