Bill Dowd photoDespite my affinity for its many malbecs, Argentina offers other fines wines as well. Take tempranillo, for example. This particular example is one I tried with dinner at the luxurious Reluctant Panther Inn in Manchester, VT.
• Finca La Linda 2004 Tempranillo: Tempranillo, the classic grape of Spanish Rioja, is native to northern Spain but the thick-skinned fruit does very well in the high slopes of Argentina's Andean foothills in Mendoza province.
This wine smoothly complemented a wide range of food our party of four enjoyed -- from delicate diver scallops to fluffy pastas to a hearty filet mignon. Despite the fact the low acidity and low sugar of tempranillo grapes usually results in a lighter-bodied wine, this Finca La Linda has body and structure.
It's an aromatic, full-fruited wine with elements of cherries and strawberries as well as a slightly spicy finish. It retails for about $16.
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