A big surprise! This shows that it rates many levels higher than what $9 usually buys. The nose is smooth, clean and fresh, with a hint of lemon peel to accent raspberry. The palate is exuberant and balanced, with three-star feel. For unoaked Garnacha that’s sure to please, this is where you should turn.
Heavy and dense up front, with dark, forceful aromas. The palate is crisp and tight, with firm plum and berry fruit in front of a short, basic finish. A good, standard wine with good depth and character; 100% Tempranillo.
A little funky and damp smelling initially, with leather and herbal notes to go with standard blackberry aromas. The palate is warm, full and solid, with sweet but regular black fruit flavors in front of a cherry/berry finish. Totally generic for Rioja but still good.
Opens with scents of pine needle, citrus peel and punch-bowl generic fruit aromas, and it keeps those characteristics on the palate while adding olive and pickle notes. Has good size and texture supporting a mundane flavor profile.
As a young wine, this is bold, dark, crusty and slightly out of joint. There are salty, balsamic flavors along with muscular berry notes, and then butter and other barrel-driven flavors on the finish. It’s chunky bordering on huge, with balance and integration issues. Maybe a little better in six months.
A sharp, angular number with aromas of pine, vinegar, mocha and leather. The feel is citric and lean, with red-fruit and orange-peel flavors. In the end, it’s more thin and sharp than balanced, with a tannic, narrow mouthfeel.