Winemaker: Axial, La Granja 360
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.
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