Tucked away in the back of the third shelf down in the cellar was this pleasant little surprise. It's a Tempranillo that kind of put me in the mind of a medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Maybe it was because I had snaffled up a half pound of cherries before opening the wine, but the predominant flavor up front was black cherry.
TWC loves cherries and he's good at eating them, too. I can get rid of the seed and stem with minimal effort and in record time. No muss. No fuss. No, he cannot tie the stem in a knot. If nobody is watching, I can plow through a two pound package of Sam's Club cherries in under 24 hours. Cherries are loaded with anti-carcinogens and have incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Put that together with the wine and the aches and pains fade away.
I liked the wine and I liked the price. Should be $11.00-$14.00 most places.
Ruby red color with a golden rim. Bright and deep. Complex aromas. There is a great balance between the fruit (cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries) and the clean nuances of the wood (clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut). The nose is further enriched by the aromas that develop during bottle ageing. Smooth and balanced on the palate with a full, elegant feel and a long, lingering finish.
Photo courtesy of Campo Viejo.