“Fresh and exuberant, it’s a youthful expression,” says Oleana Sommelier Sarah Marshall. Medium bodied with well-integrated tannin, vibrant acidity gives the wine balance and finesse. Red berry fruits unfold on the palate, balanced by earthy notes of black pepper, mint, and smoke on the nose. “The perfect BBQ wine,” Marshall says, and she suggests pairings like pork ribs, lamb, and hard cheeses. If you're thinking about giving the backyard fire pit one last go before retiring it for the season, this is your go-to wine!
Ribera del Duero is one of Spain’s most fascinating regions, with a history dating back to the expansion of the Roman era into the Iberian Peninsula (and the 2,000-year-old terraced stone vineyards to prove it). Located on a plateau in Spain’s northern region of Castila y Léon, Ribera del Duero flanks the Duero river, and the reflection of sunlight off the river’s waters helps boost ripeness and depth of fruit in the wines from this otherwise cool climate. Torremoron’s story is one of a winery trapped in time—all 94(ish) residents of Quintanamanvirgo, the village where the winery is located, work for the estate, and the winery practices have changed little in the 100 years or so since the vineyards were first planted. Those same vines of Tempranillo are what supply this humble, delicious expression of an historic site in Spain’s winemaking history. “No fuss, no makeup,” says Marshall.