Dark shade of purple with nice legs. Almost opaque. On the nose I get red currant, violets, iodine and plum. On the palate it presents with red and black fruits, a touch of oak and black licorice. The mid palate has some black tea, raspberries and tannins that coat with a tarry taste. The finish is quite tart with some juicy acidity. It gives the mouthfeel some cut to the drying tannins, which peaks on the finish. Black cherry is the final note on this 89 point wine. Drink till 2022. For $7, this Tempranillo is a steal that gets 5 stars. Salut….
The third SplashWine in the lineup is a Merlot from Spain. It’s a dull shade of purple and nearly see through. On the nose I get cherry, raspberry and oregano. On the initial palate it is somewhat sweet with cherry juice, more red fruit melange and tart acid. The mid palate is not so sweet and the proper flavors come around. Raspberries and sour cherry are more like it. The wine finishes quickly, with some red fruit, crunchy tartness and a trace of tannins. 83 points from me and 1 star for this $12 wine. Salut….
It looks very dark and brooding in the glass, the legs barely evident- 13.5% alcohol will do that. On the nose it is spicy with dark cherry, cola and a touch of oak. I also notice a spice box component. On the palate it is a bit abrupt- black cherry, green pepper, iodine and anise all greet me. There’s a frontal wave of tannins that also hit right off the bat, quite dry and relentless. The mid palate is more red cherry meets blackberry, with a nice acidic touch to refresh the palate. The tannins are certainly players here, enveloping my gums and making me pucker. The brooding nature of this wine is evident on the palate now as it finishes with crunchy black berries, that tannic grip and some toasty oak nuances. The finish is quite long. I was not sure what to expect from this wine, it was part of a SplashWine shipment. I did see it for sale at $12 online and it got 83 points from one reviewer. I would guess it’s got some Syrah, Grenache and maybe a touch of Tempranillo. Who knows…. For me it’s decent for everyday, gets 86 points and 3 stars. Drink till 2024 with some Jamon, a steak or pasta. Salut….
I have had many bottles of the Marques De Riscal, of whom a friend’s father was on the Board many moons ago. I think of my visit to Spain every time I see the twisted wire around bottles of this Tempranillo.
In the glass it is a reddish shade, pretty opaque and showing off wide legs down the edges. The nose is gorgeous- tar, black plum, earthy spice and bramble. On the palate it is rich, unctuous and very fruit forward with blackberry jam, plum reduction, spice box and cedar. It is delicious. There is a very nice acidic component that carries me to the maid palate where those classic Rioja flavors of creosote come to the forefront. There is a spiciness on the back end that I really enjoy. The back end is long, with a crescendo of tannins peaking at the tail end. It’s a really nice, dry yet tart finish with some definite wood influence. The mouthfeel begs for the Strip Roast I am cooking on the smoker. This wine is drinking beautifully and will cellar well till 2027. 92 points and 5 stars for this $20 stunner. Salut….
It’s showing dark purple in the glass with barely perceptible legs- almost opaque. On the nose I get jammy black currants, mint, cedar shake and bramble. On the palate it is inky, with a nice grip of tannins right off the bat. Black fruits, some earth and sour cherry notes all meet me after the initial wave of those tannins. The mid palate is a little more tart, with a nice touch of acidity. I was hoping for a little more earth out of this Tempranillo. It delivers a more fresh and fruity wine that has its own nuances and attractions. I am enjoying its youth. The finish is a nice tart affair with some sour blackberries and a diminishing tannic presence. The wine is still young but I think it will drink well for 5 more years. I was looking forward to a bit more oak to be honest. Overall- decent, not great. 89 points and 3 stars for this $25 wine that garnered 90+ points from the pros. Maybe I need to let it sit longer before I popped and poured, I don’t understand. Perhaps it’s in a dumb stage. Salut….
A beautiful reddish shade of purple in the glass. The nose is fresh and shows off raspberry, mint and red currants. The palate has red fruits and delightful tannins- juicy. There is a minerality to this wine to go with its cutting approach. It sure is mouth watering. Currants, pomegranate and a touch of that Spanish creosote all come together for me. The finish turns a little more earthy and that Rioja garrigue comes in to play. This is a nice wine with very precise flavors and a tannin/acid balance. The finish is a little short and that will cost it a point but it’s really enjoyable and I would pair it with pasta, beef stew or grilled garlic chicken. Drink till 2028. 90 points and 5 stars for this $15 Tempranillo. Salut….
I’m concerned for this bottle. The cork was extruded, indicating possible heat damage. The color looks good, dark purple, opaque. The nose is reassuring, sublime. Classic aged Rioja. Oaky, earthy, damson and plum reduction. The palate shows some heat damage unfortunately and is a bit thin.
I will try my best here considering- flavors of ripe fig, blueberry and plum come at me with a noticeable amount of earthiness. The mid palate is very much textbook- bramble, dirt, tart acidity and iodine. The finish is decent in length but has some stewed fruits that I think are from the heat. Nice tannins and some bracing acidity all form up at the end. It’s a shame because it could potentially be a 92 point wine. I paid $40 for this Tempranillo which would have made it a 5 pointer. Salut….
The last one of the tasting was this Tempranillo from Rioja. I have had this wine and thoroughly enjoy it’s rustic , brambly approach. There is leather, anise, licorice, plums and that earthiness that only comes from Spain. It was a hit with some but not all the tasters. One of whom claimed it was the best Rioja she had ever had! I loved it and am going 91 points for this $28 wine- 5 stars. Drink till 2030. Salut….
Moderate shade of purple and nearly opaque. I leaves long, thin legs on the glass. The nose is raspberries, cherry and iodine. On the palate is grips right away with acidity, masking the red fruit salad that I finally get. There’s also a rooibos tea component, calming amongst the flurry of tartness. The mid palate is cutting, this acidity is actually bothering me. It’s too much, without fruit to offset it or much tannic bite to balance it. The finish is more of the same. 86 points. A shame really as it got good reviews . Bottle #2 is much better- less cut, more fruit. Still very tart but I will go with 88 points. For the advertised price of $40, this is a 2 star Tempranillo. Sorry folks, nothing to see here. Salut….
Medium opacity with good purple color and very fine-stranded legs. The nose is dark. Blackberry, hoisin, raisins and cinnamon. On the palate it’s slightly lighter- sweet black cherries, violets and creosote. Very lithe tannins sneak up on me and the mid palate becomes a mouth puckering event that allows waves of black cherry to mingle with rooibos tea and tar. The tannic grip is further highlighted on the finish. Evergreen, black tea and blackberries surrounded by that astringency take me to a medium length ending that has my mouth watering. Delicious, youthful and cellarworthy. This wine is versatile in its power and flavor profile. Really yummy and worthy of 92 points from me. One pro went as high as 94! Great stuff for $11, a steal really. Drink till 2026. 5 stars for sure for this 85% Grenache/15% Syrah blend. Salut….