Cigales is located between two of my favorite Spanish wine regions: Ribera del Duero and Toro. That is probably why this is the first Cigales wine review I have written in 15 years. I’ll try to do better because these wines offer great value for Tempranillo. They also tend toward a more round and lush character, mostly due to the richer alluvial soils of the region.
If you are not familiar with the grape, Tempranillo is a subtle balance between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, but its strength is reminiscent of Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle of Crianza is a great introduction to that style. Blackberry jam and smoked beef with a deep edge of brilliant fresh cranberries act as a counterpoint to the wine’s lush texture. A bit decadent and somewhat austere at the same time, which is the essence of Tempranillo.
A wine made for the dinner table.