This Spanish Tempranillo provided a welcome break at a recent conference. While the hospitality room was underway, my friend and I stole away to try a stash of wines brought in from a friend from California.
There’s a lot of miles on this wine, because it originates in the Spanish La Mancha region. La Mancha is the largest wine region not only in Spain, but in all of Europe. It encompasses 420,000 acres.
This is 100% Tempranillo, the light bodied red grape that is native to northern Spain. This is a ripe tasting wine, with strawberry smoothness. Cala Blanca, which means “white chalk” is deep red in color with a touch of spiciness.
A better bet for Tempranillo is Ribero del Duero or Rioja, with their cooler climates. The Cala Blanco, however, is an enjoyable glass. Its quality skyrockets when shared with good friends.