An interesting Tempranillo blend from Spain. The bottle label included a sticker eschewing it’s 92 point Parker rating. It’s gotta be good then, right?
Bluish purple color in the glass that was quite dense. Cranberry meets blackberry on the nose for an interesting mix of red and black. Plum and hoisin on the initial attack with succinct acidity and deft tannins. I got a black tea component on the mid palate which is atypical for me and this varietal, enjoyable though. Mouth puckering juiciness on the tail end with a long finish of black berry pie made me salivate for more.
Secondary hints of tar and traces of oak appeared throughout as the wine mellowed in the glass. Still young with a drinking window of 2014-2022. It would pair well with wild game, perhaps Gnocchi and truffle oil. Would I go 92 points? Nope. It is serviceable, tasty and well made, but it lacks some complexity and I found the acidity just a hair out of balance. 91 points is more like it and for the $40 price tag, a solid 4 star wine. Salut….