Known first for its Sherry, and second for its Port, Osborne is now making its mark with attractive still wines such as this excellent 80/20 Tempranillo/Cabernet blend. It cleverly bridges New and Old World styles, sending up seductive scents of dried fruits, meat, nutmeg and Spanish leather (wait, I hear a Dylan song in here somewhere!). But there’s good fruit in…
Dark on the nose, with licorice notes and mildly roasted black fruit aromas. Ripe, properly sized and balanced, with lightly candied blackberry flavors leading to a smooth finish with a hint of coffee. For the price and origin, it’s right on.
This is rubbery and spicy smelling, with solid berry and plum aromas in addition to a hint of cinnamon. It feels a little snappy as spicy, dry red-plum and raspberry flavors take over. A touches of wood and related spice work the finish.
Magenta-colored, berry loaded and fresh, all of which help what could be a pedestrian wine reach a higher plane. Sweet cherry and plum flavors mix with snappy acidity and good structure, and overall you get a refreshing, satisfying wine with genuine appeal.
This Cabernet-Tempranillo blend is even-keeled and solid from start to finish. The palate shows good raspberry and cherry fruit, and the mouthfeel holds its form until the very end, when a touch of tomato and oak enter the picture. A nice wine for the money.
With some leather, bramble and smoky dark fruit, this Cabernet-Tempranillo blend scores as an everyday steady. But to take it farther brings caveat emptor into play. Flavorwise, it’s got nice cherry and raspberry, and the finish deals vanilla and chocolate. Pleasant in every way. Imported by W. J. Deutsch & Sons.
Nervy on the bouquet, with forceful, fiery red berry scents. The mouthfeel is fresh and clacky, while flavors of red plum and dry blackberry are solid and clean. Offers a dusting of light oak and spice on the finish.