The Sour Grape

Finca Carelio Tempranillo Castilla y Leon 2011

044The Spanish wine region of ‘Castilla y Leon’ is fast becoming one of my favourite go-to areas for good quality/value inventive wines. Technically it covers most of north western Spain including ‘Ribera Del Duero’ and ‘Toro’, but wine makers are able to use the wider ‘Castilla y Leon’ region to label wines made outside of the strict regulations the govern wines labeled with the big names like ‘Ribera Del Duero’. All this means is they get to be creative and make the best choices for a given wine because they’re right for that wine… rather than being forced to make them like all the others. In the glass this has a deep ruby colour with a thin garnet rim, rich red fruit (cherry, plum), soft vanilla, leather and tobacco leaf aroma. On the palate there are rich concentrated red fruits, intense cedar, cigar box, sweet vanilla. Clean acidity and a long complex finish unwind with a buttery texture. This is a wine with lots of new French oak leading the way and while it’s not exactly elegant it is incredibly rewarding. I tasted this with spicy BBQ fajita’s and the wine developed a moreish coffee character to it… so it gets bonus points I my book. £6.66 a bottle on offer from Majestic Wines with 2 or more in your case (£9.99 full price).

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