La Granja 360 Tempranillo 2011

Well, this is my first report from my haul of inexpensive wines from Trader Joe’s the other day.  I’m starting with the least expensive selection I bought.

Winemaker:  Axial, La Granja 360
Wine:  Tempranillo
Vintage:  2011
Appellation:  Spain, Cariñena DO
Price:  $3.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  The nose on this Spanish Tempranillo has plenty of plum with floral notes.  When it hit my palate, however, I found it very thin.  It was a light-bodied red rather than the medium-bodied I’d anticipated given the varietal.  The plum aromas carry over into the flavors, but the fruit sits in the background not the foreground on this one.  There is a present tea flavor, lots of pepper, notes of rose petals, and the finish brings a hefty dose of bitters.  This is not going down on my list of favorite wines, I must say.  For folks who prefer less fruit flavor to their red wine, though, this might be a selection to consider – especially at this price.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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