I had opened a bottle of the ’05 Gran Reserva of this same wine for dinner with my family, which I felt was an outstanding selection. My father shared his delight with it and proceeded to go out and buy another bottle a few days later. Little did dad realize he bought the ’09 Reserva and gave it to me. To keep things “simple”, the difference in these wines is obviously the vintage year and the Gran Reserva is aged longer in oak and in the bottle.
I decided to enjoy the ’09 Reserva with dinner a few weeks later and from the aromas alone, a balance of blackberries, crushed plums, black pepper and hints of toasted wood, gave me the impression there was something special about this wine. On the first taste a flavor bomb of rich, ripe dark cherries, currants and toasted oak had me craving more. My NY strip steak was grilling with a smoker box of mesquite chips and was about to be done. This wine was sure to pair perfectly. Velvet tannins with tight fruit on a lingering finish had me hooked on this amazing new find. Thanks dad!
The wine is made up of 90% Tempranillo which is a predominate varietal in the Rioja region of Spain. 10% Garnacha makes up the remaining grapes and aged in 50% American and 50% French oak provided for a very nice balance. Full body, robust and just plain awesome!
For the Reserva at this price point and overall taste structure, I’m making a return visit to the wine store to pick up more bottles before it runs out of stock. For reference, the Gran Reserva is great as well and goes for about $29.
It's not often I think much of an in-store wine tasting on a Saturday afternoon in a "big box" type store selling wine. A few days ago I was on a errand to buy some spices and stumbled upon various wine distributors offering up samplings throughout the store, so I thought why not give a few new labels a try. I must admit, I was striking out for wines I liked until this one, so I bought a bottle. Given the affordable price point ($8) and a "like" with my tasting, I felt like this was a great find.
The wine varietal is Garnacha which is very popular for this region in Spain. It opened up with aromas of dark cherries and black pepper spice. On the first taste, flavors of ripe plums, blackberries and macerated strawberries gave way to a nicely balanced, fruit forward wine, yet not too sweet. Medium body tannins with a slightly dry finish supported a flavor profile of what you'd expect in a much more mature vintage.
This was an excellent wine for the price and my intentions are to go buy more before the price increases. I'd recommend you check World Market or your local wine store and pick up a bottle for yourself. Don't let the label scare you.
While shopping for a few new Cabs to try and write about the wine sales clerk voiced a definite “thumbs up” for this one. For the price point, I figured why now.
It opened up with bold aromas of black cherries, dark chocolate, toasted wood and hints of earthy minerals. I guess you could say it has some typical qualities on the nose for many cabernets.
With a steady swirl, dark red, heavy legs draped my glass awaiting a first taste. Black currants, ripe cherries and mocha balanced nicely for a medium bodied flavor. Soft tannins and a clean finish made for an easy drinking, great value wine. This would pair well with beef, pork or a grilled portabella mushroom drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and cracked black pepper.
Some days I’m a traffic cop, logistics guru, pool repair guy, avid fisherman and ok golfer. Its safe to say I’m not a professional writer, although I hire them for work and wish I had their writing chops and patience. I just enjoy sharing my learnings of wine and food with friends. I can talk to just about anyone and have no fear in trying new things. My friends tell me to open a restaurant, I tell them there are so many good chefs out there! Why bother, when all I want to do is relax with a good meal and a wine I’ve never tried before. That’s me…not so complicated, just keep it simple!
I'm happy to accept any sample bottles for a tasting reviews. I can't guarantee a review and I'm not looking for freebies; however I'll always keep an open palate for something new. Please feel free to e-mail me with your request.