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.
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.
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.
Alcohol Content: 14%
UPC Code: 6 64841 10134 2
Imported by: De Maison Selections; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.