60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. SRP of $15 but available as low as $10.
Sample received courtesy Wines of Navarra for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Marco RealThis is the last review of 10 wines that I've sampled from the Kingdom of Navarra:
Navarra Red Wine - Crianza 2006
60% Tempranillo - 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bodegas Marco Real is nestled in the town of Olite, Spain, next to the Palace of the Kings of Navarra. The winery is a project of Juan Ignacio Belasco and Famiglia Belasco, prominent distillers and vintners in Spain since 1831. This deep cherry colored wine shimmers with violet hues. Aromas are elegant with ripe raspberries and strawberries, while on the palate, it is medium-bodied with ample fruit and elegant toast from aging for 12 months in French and American oak.
I have to say I was very pleased to see what I found from this region. Not only is there a great variety of tasty wines (see the full list at the bottom of this post), but your dollar also seems to go a very long way with these wines. This is definitely a region to look for especially if you have not sampled any wines from Navarra. But on to the review of the 2006 Marco Real Crianza...
The aromas of this wine are dominated by blackberry, plum, and ripe fruit notes. The wine tastes of dark berries and cola with a little bit of burnt wood (campfire). The finish shows some heat along with prominent and somewhat bitter tannins. I liked this wine quite a bit up until the finish which was a little too bitter for me; however, this wine greatly improved after a few hours and showed much better flavors and balance, losing some of the bitterness and gaining some smoothness. You'll definitely be rewarded for running this one through the Vinturi or decanting it before drinking.
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Taste Rating: 7 Cost Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 7.3
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Other wines reviewed in the Kingdom of Navarra series:
2010 Castillo de Monjardin Finca El Cerezo Chardonnay - UNOAKED, Got It?
2009 Otazu Chardonnay - A Wine From the Magic Kingdom
2010 Gran Feudo Rosado - A Spanish Rosado That Can't Close the Deal
2010 Señorío de Sarría Rosado Viñedo No 5 - A Successful Spanish Rosé Without an Abundance of Fruit
2010 Bodegas San Martin Senorio de UNX Garnacha - A Blackberry Bomb
2008 Malon de Echaide Tinto Roble - A Potential Trader Joe's Superstar
2008 Bodega Inurrieta SUR - Blackberry gelato in a bottle
2007 Albret French Oak - A Smooth Spanish Blend
2010 Ochoa Moscatel De Grano Menudo - 500ml Never Went Down So Easy
2006 Marco Real Crianza & Wines of Navarra Wrap-up