From the Frutos Villar bodega comes this friendly if a bit lean reserva with cherry, leather, and rubber aromas and a snappy, clean palate of cherry and raspberry fruit. The finish is lightweight and pure, and slightly warming, while overall it comes across fresh and solid, with just enough oak to give it heft and substance.
Chewy and medium-bodied, this is an easy, interesting choice for a weeknight dinner, or a friend’s BYO party. Mixed red and black fruit have oak and mocha nuances; tree bark and herb aromas add interest to red plum and raspberry on the nose. —D.M.