Alexander vs The Ham Factory Tinto Fino, Casa Rojo
- Vintage: 2015
- Origin: Ribera del Duero, Spain
- Taste guide: Full bodied & Oaked: Deep red, alive with intense violet hues. Nose of stewed black fruit with hints of cocoa, mocha and vanilla. Memories of black fruit compote on a balanced palate.
- 75cl - Traditional Cork Opening - 14.5%
- Meal match: Roasted lamb cooked slowly in the oven!
Made from 100% Tinto Fino, as Tempranillo is known in Ribera, sourced from the best vineyards of Páramo del Duero, Pesquera; these are located at an altitude of 950 metres and the vines are about 25-30 years old. The wine is aged for 14-18 months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels, followed by a minimum 6 months in bottle prior to release. A rich, carmine-red colour in the glass, it is intense and concentrated. The nose shows notes of liquorice, toasted oak and developed cherry and dark fruit; the palate is powerful, wide and long with a mineral note backing the fruit and spice.
Priced at a few dealers for around the £30+ mark, not here.
Further decent reading: https://spanishwineexperience.es/why-we-love-alexander-vs-the-ham-factory/
Just 7 bottles sourced (Oct 2021)