Sunday, March 15, 2009

Women of the Vine Cellars Tempranillo Paso Robles 2004

This weekend at The Wine Room of Forest Hills I had the pleasure of meeting Deborah Brenner, author of Women of the Vine and owner of Women of the Vine Cellars.

Women of the Vine Cellars is the first-of-its-kind wine importing and marketing company to unite award winning women winemakers under one label. They create high quality, limited production wines especially hand-crafted for Women of the Vine Cellars. The results truly express the nuances of their worldwide regions and each woman's unique style.

I'm constantly amazed by the diverse results of identical grapes grown in different regions of the world. This typically Spanish wine takes on a totally different aspect of itself, expressed in many ways. Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes and produced by Dorothy Schuler in Paso Robles, it represents one of my favorites from WotV. Aged 2 years in oak and 1 year in Bottle, 14.5% alcohol.

Deep purple opaque colors paint the canvas of this wonderful fruit-forward wine, with backdrops of gorgeous aromas rich in ripe blackberries, cherries, mint and fresh herbs. What follows is a vegetal mid-palate dominated by still more fresh fruit, vanilla and a hint of almond on the long finish. I love this wine! Retails for $40.

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