Tablao Red Wine Navarra 2012

Get ready to put on your dancing shoes!!

from spain-holiday.com

Why?  Because the name on this wine, Tablao, is a word used to denote a flamenco show, a flamenco venue, or the dance floor on which flamenco is performed.  I can hear those heels rat-a-tat-tatting now!

Quite an interesting choice of names for a wine label, don’t you think?  It certainly promises a lot!  Think of all the things that flamenco conjures in the imagination.  Flamenco is exciting, dynamic, vibrant, passionate, and sensual!  It exudes a feeling of controlled chaos – the musicians, singers and dancers playing on the edge of rhythmic and emotional anarchy.  Whew!  That’s a lot to live up to.  Does the wine do the name justice?  Well …

Winemaker:  Tablao (by Bodega Pagos de Aráiz)
Wine:  Red Wine
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2012
Appellation:  Navarra DDO, Spain
Price:  $9.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  This Tablao red from the Navarra region in the far north of Spain is made from 81% Tempranillo, 9% Garnacha, 8% Merlot,  and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.   In the glass this inexpensive blend is dark with lots of berries, herbs and floral notes in the bouquet.  I found it to be a medium-bodied wine with good acidity and lighter tannins.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the tongue I thought this Navarran red a rather ebullient, playful wine more reminiscent of a Barbera, say, than a Tempranillo. [Yes, I know Barbera is an Italian … but there you have it.]  Anyway, the flavors I found were black raspberry, cola, some tar, a touch of oak and a quick zip of menthol on the finish.  As to whether it lived up to it’s name ….  Well, that would be a tall order, I think, for any wine and especially for a selection that was a budget-friendly $7.99 on sale.  It certainly was energetic and fun to drink.  It was also a good value.  I’d say those are reasons enough to want to get up and dance.

from flamenco-vivo.org

Post Script:

Hmmm.  Wine from Navarra!  Like, that’s Navarre, isn’t it?  I wonder ….  Seems to me I saw a movie about Navarre.  I think it was a funny one.  Yes, that’s right.  It was about several guys making a pact to swear off sex and then facing extreme temptation.  What was it called again?  Wait, wait, don’t tell me.  Oh, oh, oh!  It wasn’t a movie; it was a play.  And it was called, uh.  It was called, uh …  Love’s Labor’s Lost by that guy from England.  You remember!  He wrote a lot of old stuff.  Starts with a “W.”  Will, Wilbur, Willard, Will.i.am?  No,no – William.  William … Shakespeare!  Of course.  And in the story, one of the “guys” who decides to devote himself to studying and fasting while shunning women’s company is the King of Navarre.  See?  I knew it sounded familiar.

If you think the preceding “scene” was contrived, I have to admit that it is – disturbingly – not that far removed from what really went through my mind.  Ha!

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5 thoughts on “Tablao Red Wine Navarra 2012

  1. Reblogged this on Whine And Cheers For Wine and commented:
    I have been wanting to write about this wine for a while now. It is one of the best selling vinos on our Whole Foods Market Top 10 Fall program. OENOPHILOGICAL beat me to the punch and I am glad he did. I do not think I could have done a better job.
    This wine not only helped me discover the Navarra region of Spain but also the bargain of the season. Deliciously fruit forward and with quite the growing fan base at our Whole Foods Market North Miami store.
    So without further ado, I introduce you to Navarra’s Tablao and OENOPHILOGICAL. Salud!

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