Capafons-Ossó Montsant Vessants 2003

This wine may be a bit past it’s drinking date now, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m a huge fan of Spanish red wine. It was a bit more bitter than it should have been, but the deep sour cherry flavor was deliciously overwhelming. I found that this bottle needed at least a good hour to decant, before the bitter taste goes away. Once drinkable I found lots of fruit flavor, a nice ruby color and a very lush character. I think this is a very good example of a solid Spanish wine that would pair well with pretty much any red meat or even on it’s own for the simple pleasure of drinking. As the bottle contents continued to sit in the decanter I found the wine became more complex with lots of subtle fruit nose and flavor. After about six hours of decanting I tried tasting it again and found it to be much more mellow, less sour, not bitter at all and highly drinkable. If you’re put off at first, just decant some more. Not all wine needs decanting and often it’s a waste of time, but this wine requires it.

This bottle benefited highly from decanting with lots of sour cherry notes coming through once drinkable.

This bottle benefited highly from decanting with lots of sour cherry notes coming through once drinkable.

Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tinto 2007

This $30 wine will need a lot of decanting. Seriously, you need to decant this bottle for a while, otherwise you won’t taste the fruit and more delicate flavors. This is a great example of a delicious Tempranillo wine. It has a very long finish and lots of cherry and blackberry flavor. It’s also very earthy and medicinal with lots of spice. I love the deep dark red color of this wine when it’s in a glass. There is also some blackcurrant nose and aftertaste and it’s a juicy finish. I rate this wine very highly.

This wine rates highly in my book.

This wine rates highly in my book.

Borsao Tinto 2010

I found this plum and raspberry accented wine to be pretty delicious for such a young and low cost wine. It has a lot of very dry and sharp flavors. The wine is very good as a table wine with meals. I would buy it again considering you can get it for as little as $8-10. Made from Grenache grapes in Spain this is a decent selection.

A young but tasty wine.

A young but tasty wine.

Casajús 2006 Vendimia Seleccionada Tempranillo

As you may know I’m pretty biased towards Spanish reds. I found this wine to be a pretty tasty selection. It’s not my all time favorite by any means, but I really enjoyed the oaky aromas and exceptional dryness. I really like a dry wine. I know some have criticized this bottle for not being fruity enough, calling it flat, but it really was in my opinion a good example of what we expect from a Tempranillo. It’s a low acidity wine, it’s not supposed to be very fruity unless it’s blended. This wine was produced in Ribera del Duero and aged for three months in tank, six months in french and american oak with a 14% alcohol content. It should also mature with age and be highly drinkable throughout this decade. I enjoyed the solid cherry flavor and some of the earthy and medicinal tastes. The price was also very reasonable at about $20 USD at my local liquor store.

A great wine from Ribera del Duero.

A great wine from Ribera del Duero.

Aquinas Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2007

I really liked this particular Pinot Noir and it was pretty cheap at just $14. I think I got one of their last bottles of the 2007 at Specs, because the rest were 2009s and I do see their advertised price for a 2009 as $14, which is what they charged me. I see the 2007 vintage is sold out most everywhere, but if you get a chance to try it out, I say go for it. I tasted a bold body, red currant, lots of cherry, earthiness and a good acidity that makes this wine very versatile. The tannins are velvety and really make for a great finish. I would recommend drinking this wine with pork, beef, and any kind of meat really.

I really recommend this drink.

I really recommend this drink.

Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah 2008

I just finished taste testing this Russian River valley wine. Honestly it was just OK. For $19.49 this wine is a bit overpriced, not because $19.49 is a lot of money, but because I felt like I got about $12 worth of quality. I would steer clear of this wine unless you really want a petite sirah and your choices are limited. It wasn’t bad by any means. You will find hints of spices, flowers, blueberry, sour cherry, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s a smooth wine, but it just didn’t deliver a $19.49 performance in my opinion.

A Russian River valley wine that disappointed me.

A Russian River valley wine that disappointed me.

Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006

According to the winery this particular Spanish Red is aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels. This wine is made in La Rioja, Spain from Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano grapes from the 2006 harvest. Nice cherry color and lots of aroma and a smooth finish. It’s a very cheap wine at just $12.79 at the time of purchase in 2012, but I would rate it up there with some of the $18 and $20 bottles of the region. I think it’s a good buy and you should drink it upon purchase. I was unable to see a benefit from decanting.

A tasty wine at a $12.79 US dollar price point.

A tasty wine at a $12.79 US dollar price point.

2008 Marques de Caceres Crianza Rioja

As you may have already read, I love wines from Spain. This particular bottle is my go-to bottle when I want a cheap yet tasty Spanish red. This is a great example of a wine from La Rioja from northern Spain at just $13-15 dollars at time of purchase. There is plenty of cherry taste and the wine is exceptionally smooth. It also has mild tones of oak, smoke and herbal flavor.

A good and value priced example of a Rioja.

A good and value priced example of a Rioja.

Altovinum Evodia 2010 Garnacha

I love spanish reds and this wine is very warm. It has a nice deep flavor full of cherry, mocha and raspberry tones. It drinks very well and I would see it as a great companion to a steak. This wine is made in Atea, Spain and is 100% Garnacha. I would buy this wine again as it makes for a great every day bottle at about $11 dollars at the time of purchase. I don’t think this wine would benefit from aging or decanting, just drink it.

A 100% Garnacha wine from Atea Espana.

A 100% Garnacha wine from Atea Espana.