#9 2022 Pradorey “Sr. Niño” TEMPRANILLO, La Recorba Vineyard, Ribera del Duero, Spain
4 and 6 bottle levels $22 (member price $19)
100% Tempranillo 14.0% ABV
Pradorey (field of the king) is in the Royal Site of Ventosilla, a 7500 acre estate bought by Isabella the Catholic Monarch in 1503, on the eastern side of Ribera del Duero. Historic royalty abounds at the estate including their inn, which was built in 1603 as a hunting lodge for King Philip III. Their flagship wines are serious, and meant for long aging. On the other hand, there is Sr. Niño. The fruit comes from La Recorba Vineyard, on the steep foothills of the Los Cerrados Mountains, with southern and western exposures for maximum heat in the afternoons of the growing season. It’s a medium-bodied wine, featuring carbonic maceration, aging in earthenware jars, and meant for early consumption. Aromatic for a red, it has notes of baked black raspberry, boysenberry, red cherry, anise, balsamic. HOLIDAY DINNER
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Savor this silky food friendly Spaniard with goat cheese-stuffed beef tenderloin drizzled with port sauce, flank steak and crispy potatoes with Romesco sauce, beef skewers with red peppercorns and cherry tomatoes, roasted pork loin with garlic mashed potatoes, classic Beef bourguignon or other beef stew with mushrooms, seared duck breast drizzled with cherry balsamic reduction, grilled lamb chops with garlic and rosemary, venison loin with wild rice, and roasted chicken legs stuffed with peppers, caramelized onions, and goat cheese. Or simply enjoy a glass with Spanish cheeses like Manchego, Cabrales, Idiazabal and Mahon served on garlic-rubbed crostini with Serrano ham and Marcona almonds.