The Taste of Tapena

Modern Spanish wines perfect for sharing!

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The world of wine is a-changing. One of the most exciting changes is the move to wines that embody the spirit of their homeland. As we all search out great values, it’s no surprise that the wines of Spain are on everyone’s radar. With a festive culture built around sharing the best of life, the Spanish lifestyle fits in with our busy lives, and Tapeña wines are the perfect complement to add some spice to your life!

I was very pleasantly surprised by these Tapeña wines. They all exhibit a nice purity and feature the pure flavors of each varietal in a balanced, fresh style, perfect for accompanying your favorite meal, or line-up of tapas! I was also quite surprised at what great values these wines turned out to be.

Enjoy Tapeña wines on their own for their pure, fresh flavors and easy-to-love style, or share them with your friends over an authentic array of tapas. In fact, every bottle of Tapeña brings great friends together (Peña is slang for a small group of friends) with tapas! Whether you go for the fruity yet crisp white, Verdejo, the zesty, festive Rosé, or either of the classic Spanish red varieties (Tempranillo and Garnacha of course) you’re sure to find a perfect match for your favorite friends.

Get to Know Tapeña

Tapeña wines are brought to you by one of Spain’s most successful winemaking families, the Ferrer family. With Tapeña, the Ferrer family introduces a food-friendly lineup of modern Spanish wines that remain true to their roots.
I was very pleasantly surprised by these Tapeña wines. They all exhibit a nice purity and while they may be a bit simple, they are balanced and fresh, perfect for accompanying your favorite meal, or a line-up of tapas! I was also quite surprised at what great values these wines turned out to be.

These are ideal wines to share with friends, and to buy by the case. Pick up a few cases to keep on hand for every occasion this summer and add some Spanish spice to your life!

2008 Tapeña Verdejo
Mineral, floral, a touch of green plum and apricot accenting the lightly gooseberry and bay leaf-scented fruit.  Quite aromatic.  Bright in the mouth with really fresh fruit tones that recall the apricot and orchard fruit of the nose. This has a touch of a round, fleshy feel though with excellent balance that keeps this very bright and friendly. Lovely pure flavors make this an excellent seafood wine and its slight edge of richness makes it an ideal match for crab cakes. 87pts

2008 Tapeña Rose
A touch buttery on the nose for a moment before becoming a bit tomatoey with herbal background notes over a gently spicy background of cherry fruit.  Round on the palate with nice tension between the fruit, herb and mineral flavors with a hint of spice on the backend that leads to a zesty medium length finish that shows a hint of tannin. A nice, balanced rose perfect for summer sipping and great as a partner for grilled veggies, and richer seafood dishes like grilled octopus!  86pts

2008 Tapeña Garnacha
Dark and tarry on the nose with big notes of underbrush and woodsy, balsamic spice tones adding detail to the dark dried strawberry and spicy plum fruit.  Light on entry with a nice edge of drying tannins and good acids supporting the dried strawberry fruit. There’s a woodsy tone in the mouth as well and a nice cocoa and earth nuance on the back end that leads to mouthwatering finish with a hint of watermelon.  Just a touch rustic, this is perfect for garlic-laced dishes like roast pork or albondigas. 86pts

2008  Tapeña Tempranillo
Light notes of tobacco, raspberries, sandy soil and American oak greet the nose.  On the palate this is smooth and almost seamless with nice zesty red berry fruits up front buoyed by vibrant acidity. The tannins kick in on the mid-palate giving this some mouthgrab. Nice flavors of black olive, dried herb and dried spices add nice complexity and linger on the finish, which shows somewhat darker fruit and a touch of vanilla. This is a lovely wine, well-balanced, richly flavored yet friendly. A perfect wine for grilled or roasted red meats. 88pts

Two Great Values from Spain

2008 Tapeña Tempranillo
Light notes of tobacco, raspberries, sandy soil and oak greet the nose.  On the palate, this is smooth and almost seamless with nice zesty red berry fruits up front buoyed by vibrant acidity.  A lovely, well-balanced wine, richly flavored yet friendly. A perfect wine for grilled or roasted red meats.

2008 Tapeña Verdejo
Mineral and floral on the nose with a touch of green plum and apricot accenting the lightly gooseberry and bay leaf-scented fruit.   Lovely, pure flavors make this an excellent seafood wine, and its slight edge of richness makes it an ideal match for crab cakes.


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Comments

  • Snooth User: winebaker
    295797 1

    Sounds like a good one to try and the price is right. Now if I can only find some of the Tempranillo I will be in ""hog Heaven"!

    May 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM


  • Snooth User: dyye
    314202 75

    These sound very good, but they are not found in the Pacific Northwest. Seems a shame,we do have wonderful seafood here.Locally with Halibut filet on country style calamata olive and spinach mashed potatoes we had a Washington grown vonier and with smoked Salmon a Syrah. these were very good but it would be nice to try some of these Spanish wines.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM


  • Where can I find these wines in NYC?

    greystone22

    May 22, 2010 at 8:14 AM


  • Where can I find these wines in NYC?

    greystone22

    May 22, 2010 at 8:16 AM


  • Dyye - Call around and you'll find them at one of your local stores (Olympia) and when they are in Olympia, they definitely can be found in Seattle.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM


  • Snooth User: dyye
    314202 75

    Thanks,I will look around. I did find a Sharaz that was not listed for my area stores.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM


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