Hailing from the famous Ribera del Duero region (182 kms north of Madrid), this region is known for producing some of the highest quality wines in Spain. The region is most known for Tempranillo. Finca El Grajo from Protos wineries is made with 100% Tempranillo. This wine is fierce. It has strong tannins and an acidity that matches the tannic draught. Because of this, the wine would do well with a long breathing period before consumption. It could also benefit from extra aging in a cellar to really bring out its characteristics.
To the eye: A deep cherry red interspersed with purple hues greets the eyes. On the nose: Notes of black fruits, balsamic, and toasted spices and minerals. On the palate: Notes of ripe red and black berries playfully teased with thoughts of spices such as pepper and sage. It has a long finish and is a bold wine that will be sure to take your breath away.
Such a strong wine must be paired with a strong dish. Pungent cheeses, such as the excellent majorero, will accompany this wine excellently. Grilled meats and stews, such as the famous and flavorful fabada asturiana pair perfectly with such a pungent, strong wine.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.