My husband and I joined my sister at Creo’, one of our most frequented local restaurants right after she had sat thru 5 hours of LSAT brain melting test torture. I was tired and she was fried after the ordeal and back to worrying about getting into law school, so we fancied an uncomplicated bottle that would be pleasantly gulpable with our variety of dishes [her lobster bisque, my fried chèvre salad and truffle pomme frites]. Intrigued by what the wine menu labeled as a “Meritage from Spain” we selected Red Diamond Temperamental. I was slightly disappointed after both seeing the label and then drinking and realizing that it was definitely not a Meritage [a Bordeaux style blend consisting of at least 2 grapes of the following Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot or Carmenère], but it was tasty so we had no problem persevering on with the Tempranillo blend that it actually was.
Red Diamond Winery was founded in 2003 and is located on the Columbia River gorge in eastern Washington State. It is part of the Chateau Ste. Michelle family of wineries. Its first release was a food-friendly Merlot targeted only for the restaurant market; its huge success led to consumer demand for their wines. Today they have a full range of wines that strive to be “food-friendly, straightforward wines”. The grapes for the Temperamental were sourced from various vineyards throughout Spain.
Transparent garnet in colour, aromas of cherry, tobacco leaves and cigar box spice rose from the glass. Cherry, blackberry and pomegranate flavours abounded in the medium body, whilst white pepper, chocolate and traces of toasted oak comprised the moderate finish. Straightforward, easy drinking and great with a wide variety of dishes from barbecue to fruit salad, this is a glass designed for enjoying at the table.
85% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carignan
Imported and Bottled by Red Diamond Winery
$10 [average price]
Enjoy thru 2014