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Four Vines Tempranillo Paso Robles Loco 2007

Last week we tasted a Tempranillo from Rioja in Spain that had a little oak aging and a touch of bottle age as well as that traditional “old world” feel. This week we tried its “new world” counterpart from Lodi in California.

Four Vines Tempranillo Paso Robles Loco 2007

Appearance: rich, deep ruby color

Aroma: blueberry and dark fruit flavors in the nose with a touch of cinnamon

Flavors: loamy notes around a core of dark berry and chocolate with some herbal tones

Finishing Notes: full-bodied and complex, with layers of fruit and some oak hints of spice and nutmeg with a touch of floral on the finish

Perfect Pairing: This style of Tempranillo, with a darker berry and spice characteristic, calls for a grilled accompaniment. We chose a grilled pork porterhouse with a dried cherry and fig compote along-side herb roasted new potatoes and grilled vegetable kabobs.

WINE:30 is written by Karl Bradley and Jody Wuollett, who are both longtime residents of Door County. Jody is the owner operator of Chop Restaurant in the Sister Bay Country Walk Shops and Karl is the General Manager and Executive Chef of the Mission Grille in Sister Bay. They have both been awarded the first level of certification from the Court of the Master Sommeliers.