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Castillo de Monjardin Tempranillo 2018

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  • Winery
  • This wine is affectionately called Tintico, or ‘little red’ which refers to the fact that its profile is light and lively, often served by the locals with a slight chill. The mineral-rich soils and cool climate of the mountainous Navarra foothills, create the perfect terroir for Tempranillo, which is fermented cool in stainless steel tanks to preserve its fruity character.
    • Vintage: 2018
    • Appellation: D.O. Navarra
    • Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
    • Aging period:  4 months in oak barrels
    • Oak: 100% American oak
  • Tasting notes

    Bright ruby-red in color, this playful Tempranillo shows sumptuous aromas of red cherries, plums and wild berries. On the palate, this wine is layered and balanced with a zesty freshness that persists well into the finish.

    Food Pairing

    Tintico is a perfect choice for barbecued fare, assorted tapas, schwarma, and gyros with tzatziki sauce.

  • Tucked in the foothills of the Pyrenées along the French Border in Navarra, Castillo de Monjardín’s estate was originally a way station along the famous pilgrimage route from Paris to Santiago de Campostella. Its proximity and historic cultural links to France provide a winemaking tradition based on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, distinct from the rest of Spain. Monjardín does, however, make good use of the Garnacha that has made Navarra famous for its fresh, fruity rosés and lush, fruit-forward reds.

    Monjardín’s unique microclimate and the winemaking skills of proprietor-winemaker Victor Villar yield wines of singularly intense aroma, full flavor and firm structure. All wines are single-vineyard bottlings, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak.

    Ramiro Cruza Le Bihan was born in Bilbao, Spain. With a French mother and Spanish father, he grew up in a bicultural household and speaks fluent French and Spanish.

    In 1993, Ramiro enrolled at the Universidad de Navarra, where he earned a degree in pharmacology. The following year, he decided to pursue his lifelong love of wine by entering the oenology program at the Universidad de La Rioja, from which he graduated in 2002. During his studies, he worked as a laboratory/winemaking assistant at Bodegas Roda in Haro.

    Shortly after graduating, Ramiro joined Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin. Today, his role at the winery encompasses a wide range of responsibilities including vineyard management, laboratory analysis, quality control and cellar management.