Castillo de Almansa Reserva, 2008, Spain

Well this is an area we haven’t really reviewed on the Wine Hobbyist, but Spain, we often find, gets a bad wrap for some of bad Rioja years that the region went through about seven year ago.  Nonetheless, today we chose to not do a Rioja and and actually tried a blend from this area called Castillo de Almansa  Reserva, 2008.  The blend here combines the Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Garnacha Tintorera varietals.

Unlike many other deep ruby red coloured wines that wine pundits will tell you to pair, this one we found worked well even on its own.  It’s rounded taste and well balanced tannins gave this blend enough standalone strength.

When nosing the wine, you will pick up hints of wood and dark fruits, giving it a very mature scent.  On the palate, you’ll immediately notice the smoothness of the tannins along with plum fruit. This wine also comes with  a moderate finish, which is want you want, in my mind, when it comes to conversational wine.

This wine gets a definite recommendation from us, for gatherings of individuals with differing levels of wine palates.  Even those that find themselves with an affinity to whites, can’t dispute the beauty of this wine.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $11.95

Score – 4.5/5