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La Zorra Sierra de Salamanca 2013

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A CAPTIVATING Spanish red.

Producer/Winery: Agustín Maillo and Olga Martín; Mogarraz, Spain.

Grape Variety: Blend – 50% Rufete and 50% Aragones (Tempranillo).

Geographic Appellation: Sierra de Salamanca, Spain.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $14.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Chicken masala linguine, salad with corn, tomatoes, onion, yellow bell peppers, and romaine lettuce dressed with oil and lemon juice dressing.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened and decanted 45-minutes before drinking. Opaque, inky dark purple color with a slightly brownish-purple rim. Plum and damp earth aromas with hints of old garden roses. Smooth, dusty mouth-feel and a medium body; intense plum, current and blackberry flavors; and a WOW finish that’s packed with dark fruit taste, DRY fine grained tannins and a wonderful peppery spiciness. This was a sleeper of a wine…on my first taste I thought it was “good”; but by the second pour I commented that it was really an exceptional Spanish wine. On the last pour I was saying it was OUTSTANDING!!! It did improve in the decanter, but it had an intrinsic character that really separated it out from run-of-the-mill Spanish red wines. This combination of grapes resulted in a majestic, yet light and delightful blend that the whole range of wine drinkers should enjoy. It was a CAPTIVATING Spanish red that easily goes into the TastedOnline.com Quality wine at a Bargain price category.

    She said: Opaque, dark garnet red with a purple rim and lots of regularly spaced, thin, rapidly moving legs. Profuse dark fruit aromas with a musky hint and enough alcohol to sense on the first pour. The musky red fruit blossoms on the palate and was complemented by a smooth dry mouth-feel, full body and grippy tannins that dominated the long finish. Spanish wines in general are great buys and this one is no exception. I would recommend it and buy it again in a flash at $14.40 and try with all sorts of other food. It went well with the dinner, even the salad, but has potential for a wide range of more exciting pairings.

la Zorra vineyard in the hills of the Sierra de Salamanca region of Spain
Photo from la Zorra.

Comments: Learn more about la Zorra and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 14%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 6 64841 10134 2

Imported by: De Maison Selections; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.