Wine: Tempranillo Barrica
Appellation: Spain, Utiel-Requena (Valencia) DO
Price: $5.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: This selection is made by Spain’s oldest estate bottled winery, dating back to 1335! To the eye this wine looked inky purple in my glass. On the nose I found sweet dark fruit and spice. It was fairly light-bodied with alcohol at 13%. On the palate I tasted dark fruits, including black currant and some raisin, as well as plenty of olive. For me the tannins were fairly light, and the finish brought a dash of bitters. I’m not a big lover of olives except as olive oil, so this won’t become my personal go-to Tempranillo. Still, it was totally an OK wine. And I think it will probably do just fine as beverage accompaniment to a pot roast or skirt steak (fajitas are often made from skirt steak, I believe).
Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur. See “About” for the full disclaimer.