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Berberana Dragon Tempranillo 2007

ABV: 12.5% Closure: Real Cork Retailer: Majestic Price: £5.49 Approx Berberana was founded in 1877 and this Spanish family is well known for its Riojas. (Rioja is my own personal favourite Red wine). Dragon Tempranillo has to be my favourite of the red wines that we tasted from this case, it comes from the Tierra de Castilla which translates as “from the land of castles”. The oakiness which comes from being aged for 6 months in American Oak casks is a sheer delight on the tongue, followed by vanilla and a hit of rich red fruits.
Posted 24th September 2009        
     

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ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Real Cork
Retailer: Majestic
Price: £5.49 Approx

Berberana was founded in 1877 and this Spanish family is well known for its Riojas. (Rioja is my own personal favourite Red wine).

Dragon Tempranillo has to be my favourite of the red wines that we tasted from this case, it comes from the Tierra de Castilla which translates as “from the land of castles”.

The oakiness which comes from being aged for 6 months in American Oak casks is a sheer delight on the tongue, followed by vanilla and a hit of rich red fruits.

I really like this wine, it’s silky, easy to drink yet lushly textured with a hint of spice so I give it a healthy 7/10.

It came in a mixed case from Majestic but it is one of those wines that I would have been happy with a whole case of, keeping some in reserve for a rainy day.

A fine wine to drink with enjoyment, low on acidity but having plump tannins and it comes from the tempranillo grape giving it a dark rich red colour. This wine has 2 years of bottle age and when I opened it there was a real pleasant scent of red fruits. Drinking it is like eating berries and ice-cream (Vanilla of course!).

This bottle has an appealing label with a Dragon emblem reflecting the name of the wine with a hint of the Dragon’s fire.

An extremely uncomplicated quaffable wine, my recommendation would be with Sunday roast or a good steak from the BBQ.

     

One Response to “Berberana Dragon Tempranillo 2007”

  1. I really like this wine. I bought a bottle to add to my chilli con carne and ended up really enjoying the rest of it. It’s not too oaky but it tastes more expensive than it was. I’ll buy this one again for sure.

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Julie & Neil Swift
This wine was reviewed by Julie and Neil Swift, both 51 years of age, and we have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.