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2007 Ardales Tempranillo 'Tierra de Castilla'
There's nothing I don't like about this Tempranillo from a bodega founded just over a decade ago by a group of Spanish wine lovers. What a beauty for less than $15. It's ripe and luscious with soft tannins, a taste of cherries and a youthful lilt of acidity. This is totally pleasurable drinking from central Spain. The grapes are organic, by the way, and even the label is printed on recycled paper. But in the end, what matters is flavor -- and this young Tempranillo has it in spades.
Pour it with grilled lamb chops or lamb sirloin, pork chops or roasted or braised duck.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Region: Valdepeñas, Spain
Price: About $15
Style: Rich and luscious
What it goes with: lamb or pork chops, duck
Where to find it: Domaine LA in Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, domaine547.com; Rosso Wine Shop in Glendale, (818) 330-9130, www.rossowineshop.com; and Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, www.silverlakewine.com