Tablao Red Wine Navarra 2012

Get ready to put on your dancing shoes!!


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.


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,  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!