Te Quiero Red is a young organic wine and, depending on the vintage and harvest can contain many grape varieties, from Tempranillo and Syrah, to Bobal, Garnacha, Graciano, Monastrell and Tinto Velasco, made as a Field Blend. The 2020 vintage is a field blend of Tempranillo, Syrah and Bobal. With a deep purple colour, It has aromas of garrigue, brambly fruit and spice which are followed by ripe brambly, blackberry fruit flavours. The palate is spicy and savoury with ripe but firm tannins. Te Quiero is an interesting find and a good, everyday drinking red.
Te Quiero literally means “I love you” in Spanish, and we think you will love this.
So what is a Field Blend? Spain’s vineyards, especially in La Mancha, are devoted to the commercial grapes we all love such as Tempranillo, Garnacha and Syrah, but there are also small plots of older, native varieties such as Bobal, Graciano, Monastrell and Tinto Velasco that have been preserved. The small amount of these grapes that remain in the vineyards of Jesus del Perdon Co-operative, means it is not possible to vinify them separately (as usual, when blending grape varieties to produce a wine) so the grapes have been harvested together as a “Field Blend”. We think that this is a great success. It will be excellent with a wide range of dishes. The label shows the emblematic crocuses from La Mancha. It is the stamens of the crocus flower which produce the lovely saffron.
We were delighted to see this review of the 2018 vintage; the 2020 is the same high standard.
“Warming, fruit-focused red with violet, plum, spice and very subtle oak flavours. Surprisingly more suave than rustic. Deliciously drinkable, especially at this price Bob Campbell MW: 91 Points, Jul 2020”
The Jesus del Perdon Coop is situated near Manzanares in the heart of La Mancha. Here the extensive vineyards can produce fantastic quality organic grapes at a reasonable price. The altitude above sea level of around 600 metres ensures some respite from the very hot summer heat and cooler nights. La Mancha is known as the “hot and high” wine growing area of Spain and also known as 9 meses de inferno y 3 meses de invierno – literally, 9 months of hell and 3 months of winter!
Food match: Delicious with Tapas, Brushettas, Mediterranean roasted vegetables, Pasta