La Finca Tempranillo 2012

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
Vintage:  2012
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.

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