Drinking cheap wine has it’s ups and downs. There was a time I didn’t think anything below $5 was worth even trying, and I didn’t expect to really love a wine that wasn’t over say $20. But I know better now. And I’m surprised again and again at how many very OK wines are below $10 and some even sub $5. Thus, I gave this Tempranillo from Finca La Celia a try.
Winemaker: Finca La Celia
Wine: La Finca Tempranillo
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Price: $3.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: I found this inexpensive Tempranillo very thin-bodied. It has a pretty garnet color in the glass. Alcohol is at 13%. On the nose was dark fruit and menthol. This wine takes a long time to breathe during which there is very little fruit flavor. Once I got some oxidation going, it presented dark berry and plum, menthol, very light notes of spice and occasionally brief hints of a porty-raisin taste on the finish. Despite that, the main thrust to me was the bitter menthol which overwhelmed most of the other flavors quickly and lingered. Even at this price, I probably won’t buy this one again.
Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur. See “About” for the full disclaimer.