Recommendation: A superb inexpensive Tempranillo wine from Spain.
Winery/Producer: Bodegas El Castillo; Albacete, Spain.
Grape Variety: Blend: 70% Tempranillo and 30% Cabernet.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Tierra De Castilla, Spain.
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: New Orleans style chicken Marsala; garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese pasta; and Caesar salad.
He said: Opened 20 minutes before drinking. Dark, opaque, garnet color. Ripe cherry aromas. VERY intense cherry and dark fruit taste and a very balanced and spicy medium-long dry finish. FANTASTIC with the chicken Marsala and overall a GREAT blend of (mostly) Tempranillo. At $9.00 this is a Quality Wine at a Bargain Price. Dark, chewy, delicious and VERY WELL BALANCED. I put this in the category of OUTSTANDING. After drinking expensive California wines for a week this Spanish bargain really shines through…for the price of two bottles of the California wine we could have had a case of this (more delicious) Spanish Temparnillo!!!
She said: Another great wine from The Caviste and at a bargain price! I have to admit, however, that I was confused when I saw in big letters that it was 70% Tempranillo and 30% Cabernet. Not a combination I expected but very happy to taste the result. The color was so dark garnet red it almost looked black (a good choice for Halloween?). The aroma was full of berry flavor that lasted right through to the long finish. Dry but fruity it had lots of flavor and medium body and soft tannins. It was delicious with the pasta and chicken but also with the salad. It was consistently good from the first to last sip. Even the bottle’s color is unusual. I strongly recommended this as a bargain wine and I would buy it by the case.