Four on the Fourth with Solo Vino: April 2022 (Tempranillo)

Every month, Chuck Kanski and I put together a four-pack of great wines around a central topic.

The “Four on the Fourth” box is released on the 4th of every month and is available as a grab-and-go at special pricing for the entirety of the month. It’s a fun way to stock your wine rack and simultaneously learn more. Win, win!

APRIL 2022: TEMPRANILLO!

We wanted to cover some ground here and examine four styles of one of our favorite grapes, Tempranillo. The differences are sometimes in winemaking style (especially with the first wine listed) and sometimes in the region (with the other wines). No matter what, this is a great collection of delicious wines.

Los Conejos Malditos Tempranillo Carbónica, Spain
Carbonic Tempranillo! Don’t know what carbonic is all about? Check out this article. This is all about fun, brightness, verve, energy, freshness, and refreshment. Chill it down a bit, throw some burgers on the grill, and chug-a-lug.

Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza, Rioja, Spain
We can’t make a Tempranillo pack without including at least one Rioja! But which one, and why? Sierra Cantabria does a pitch-perfect job of traditional-leaning Rioja, showing all the earthiness and mellow dried red fruits that makes Riojas like this so damn good. Learn more about this gem.

Emilio Moro Resalso, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Hands down one of our favorite wines of Spain, year in and year out. Richer in style, more concentrated from being made at a higher elevation than Rioja, and with the characteristic aromas of Ribera: clean butcher shop, black currant, raspberry concentrate, and medicinal tinges. Learn more about Emilio Moro and their wines.

The Fabelist Tempranillo, California
Brand new to the Minnesota market! The brand has been available to Minnesota consumers for a number of years, but the Tempranillo is brand new for us. From the Central Coast region of California, where lower land prices have inspired a spirit of experiementation when it comes to grape varieties. Not that there is a ton of Tempranillo in California, but you’re more apt to find it in the Central Coast than in the fancy regions like Napa. Learn more about The Fabelist Wine Company.

Thank you, everyone! Enjoy your wines!

Chuck and Jason