CAMRBRICO 575 UVAS TEMPRANILLO 2006
In the national park of Sierra de Francia, on remote mountain slopes almost 3,000 feet in altitude, sits a most unusual winery: Vinas del Cambrico. Using traditional labor-intensive methods, it produces two practically unknown, near-extinct grape varieties, Rufete and Calabres. A distant cousin of Pinot Noir, Rufete was brought to the region over 900 years ago. When Calabres was rescued from near demise, there were only 31 remaining vines, each over 100 years old. The Tempranillo clone that forms the heart of this wine came to the mountainous region centuries ago. Over time, this Tempranillo has grown more and more like Rufete, a phenomenon the winery’s owners call “evolutive convergence.” The wine’s home slopes comprise Cambrian granite and slate, and Cambrico only uses the fruit of vines that are between 40 and 110 years old. The vineyards are plowed by horse and harvested by hand. Sense The nose is boldly fruity, with spicy notes suggesting hibiscus, fennel, clove and oranges. Taste: In the mouth, expect deep, penetrating flavors of baked plums and wild blackberries intermingled with accents of licorice, orange and spice. Served well with: Stews, ragus, roasts and nearly any cut of red meat will provide the fat and flavor needed to stand up to this powerful red. Thick sauces will make a silky textural match to the wine’s polished palate. To balance the wine’s intense fruit, beef, lamb or game paired with olives, onions, garlic, aged cheeses or other pungent ingredients will be ideal. Excellent choices include steak with mushrooms or lamb with an herb pesto. For pairings, try Moroccan Short Rib Tagine with Spiced Couscous or Stuffed Pork Chops with Roasted Root Vegetables. Serving Instructions Serve a little cooler than room temperature: refrigerate the bottle for 10 minutes before serving.