2016 Baiocchi Tempranillo 'Grump's Vineyard'
Fair Play, California
100% Tempranillo. The boundaries of the Fair Play AVA include rolling hills at elevations between 2,000 feet and 3,000 feet above sea level, making it the California appellation with the second highest average elevation. Reserved in the nose, but with clean beautiful dark fruit and earth. The color has classic brick red hue, with a dark core. Still in its youth, the depth of flavor takes some time in the glass. Black cherry, spice and leather saturate the palate to round smooth finish. Bring on the big meats! This is a full-throttle, no-holds-barred red. You either drink this on its own or pair it with boldly flavored, richly textured foods. Do not hold back with this one. Great red wine to have with stews, BBQ or vegetable lasagna if meat is not your thing.