Last week we had some friends over for a little dinner and among the many wines we purchased for the occasion was this Tempranillo from Argentina for $9. The wine is made by Bodegas O. Fournier and I've always enjoyed their higher end Crux wines but their economical Urban line is nothing to sneer at either. They make several different wines including a Torrontes, Malbec-Tempranillo blend and Sauvignon Blanc. We decided to try the Tempranillo and it was delicious! It paired really well with the sweet and spicy flavors of our menu which featured BBQ ribs, pulled pork and brisket. There were tons of blackberry fruit notes and the texture was pleasantly soft without being too heavy. Tempranillo is the main grape used to make Rioja in Spain and you rarely encounter any good versions of it outside of it's homeland but in this case it was a slam dunk!
The label is really cool too. I can't figure out what building it is but the violinist reminds me of Florentino Ariza serenading the great love of his life, Fermina in Love in the Time of Cholera. I'm referring to the book and not the movie, although there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a little screen time with Javier Bardem.