Name: Bodegas Valver 'Paso a Paso' Tempranillo
Region: La Mancha
Producer: Bodegas Volver
From the Winery:
"Climate: Continental. Large temperature swings between day and night. Precipitation is very rare. A very arid climate with rain exclusively falling at the end of fall and during the winter. More than 3,000 hours of sun per year. As a result, the wines of La Mancha.
Winemaking: The grapes are sorted meticulously at the winery, and fermented in stainless steel tanks by indigenous yeast. Malolactic occurs in tank, and the wine is transferred to second and third vintage French oak barrels for ageing."
Vinous Review: 90 points
"Bright purple. High-pitched, smoke-accented black and blue fruits on the highly perfumed nose and palate. Appealingly sweet and seamless in texture, with a spine of juicy acidity providing definition and structure. Closes sweet, smoky and quite long, with smooth tannins building slowly. The 102.5-hectare vineyard that provided the grapes for this wine were planted in 1970 and the wine was aged in small, used French oak barrels for six months. For the quality delivered this price is a gift."
-- Josh Raynolds