Tempranillo is to Spain what Sangiovese is to Italy. It makes serious reds in a number of regions. But Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero has a special character. The 2001 from Bodegas Emilio Moro, an estate with more than a century of winemaking tradition, expresses the terroir in its deep red color, voluptuous texture and firm structure. Ripe and earthy, this is a red that loves roasted and braised meats: leg of lamb, standing rib roast, and chops grilled over a wood fire.
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Price: About $25
Style: Ripe and full-bodied
Food it goes with: Roasted and braised meats
Where you find it: Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454.
-- S. Irene Virbila