Category Archives: Zamora

2008 Triton Tempranillo Zamora Spain

A new project from Jorge Ordonez. Black garnet in color. On the nose, youthful, medium + intensity, cherry, mud, espresso, chocolate, leather, cigar, with definite oak, and subtle earth. On the palate, dry, ripe and delicious, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, rich texture, fruit, earth, and oak all harmoniously coming together. Very good value!    

2005 Vinas del Cenit Tempranillo

cenitRevisited this one, that’s easily the best wine under $70 on our menu. Dark garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, earth, cigar, plum, black licorice, vanilla, espresso, nicely layered, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, very nicely balanced, just enough extraction of fruit and oak, to frame the dirt, leather, and cigar flavors typical to Tempranillo from Spain.    

2005 Vinas del Cenit Tempranillo

cenitRevisiting this wine after being floored by it last time, close-out on the 04, and I couldn’t believe that kind of quality and distinct Tempranillo character came at this price point. 100% Tempranillo from Zamora, an old region that has scene revitalization in the last few years. Although more expensive, this wine still destroys it for the money. Black ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, brooding black cherry, plum, blackberry, wet cigar, dusty earth, lots of spice from oak, and although New World in style this has some Old World earth that cannot be mistaken. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium body, tannin tannin, loaded with layers, the longer this opened the prettier it got. Lots of barrel flavors, coffee, creme brulee, very creamy textured, spice laden, with a long finish, which I am still wanting more of. I would call this a kick ass old world version of the new world wine we loved 10 years ago.    

2003 Dehesa La Granja

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I got to try this last week at a pretty amazing Noble Wine Merchants tasting. I’ve enjoyed previous vintages of the wine, and the 03 continues to deliver. Dark ruby color. On the nose, starting to develop, medium+ intensity, smoke, meat, leather, fig, plum, chalky earth, some dairy component, oak, nicely balanced nose, with focused fruit. On the palate, dry, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, awesome mouth feel, with nicely integrated black fruit, earth, and oak. Long finish loaded with spice. This could be my new favorite under $20 retail wine.    

2004 Vinas del Cenit Vino de la Tierra de Zamora

cenitInteresting turn of events for this winery, that also makes Vento Mazzaron, an inexpensive crowd pleaser that D Boo refers to as the “Three Dot”. They have decided to leave Jorge Ordonez, so he is unloading all of his stock at way below market value. Unfortunately, Esquin bought the rest of what the local distributor had, so if I want some I have to purchase from another retailer. 100% Tempranillo. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, boysenberry, blackberry, loaded with spice, leather, meat, cigar, traces of earth, and moderate levels of oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, similar flavors as on the nose, very well balanced, with a great finish. Big dense mysterious red from Spain that will evolve well.