2014 Tridente Tempranillo – Massive

Tredente Tempanillo

A massive Tempranillo from Castilla y León

2014 Tridente Tempranillo – $12.99 at Costco

I found this wine at the Foster City Costco, and they had plenty on shelves a week ago. The 2014 Tridente Tempranillo is a much more robust Tempranillo than I can remember having tasted before. I thought the Tempranillo wines from the Toro wine region of Spain (“Tame the Wild Horse“) were massive wines, but the Tridente Tempranillo is more so. Big, yet a delicious wine, with great flavors and richness in the mouth. The aftertaste has staying power, lengthy and abundant. Open this wine and let it breathe for one hour or more. If you like big, flavorful red wines, you need to try this one. The alcohol comes in at 15.5%. That’s big!

The 2014 Tridente is produced from Tempranillo grapes in Castilla y León in the province of Zamora, northeast of Madrid. The winery is Bodegas Tridente and one of the wine estates of the Juan Gil Family.  According to the spec sheet,  the Tempranillo grapes come from old vines planted on gravel soil. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels. That barrel aging time is mind-boggling when you consider the price point of $12.99. Can you imagine any Napa wine aged that long in French oak sold for anything less than $40?

For matching with food, I go with a hefty Paella dish or juicy hamburger on the grill. Pork, steak, something with lots of sauteed mushroom also seem inviting. By the way, serve this wine at a cool room temperature. It will taste much better. I rate the 2014 Tridente Tempranillo at 90 Points. Josh Reynolds from the popular Vinous wine review gives this wine a resounding 91 Points.

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