Mas de Leda Tempranillo 2008 – Sweet Caramel and Cinnamon


100% Tempranillo from Castilla y Leon (Duero Valley), Spain.

SRP of $20 and available for as low as $16. Sample received courtesy Masaveu Bodegas for review purposes.

From the bottle:

“Mas de Leda is a wine that beautifully captures the philosophy of our winery, as it is sourced from a careful selection of low-yielding Tempranillo vineyards planted in the Duero River Valley in northern Spain. Expressive and well-balanced, Mas de Leda contains enticing flavors of red forest berries, black licorice, sweet spice and toasted notes. The perfect accompaniment to any kind of roasted or grilled meat, this wine is best served at a temperature between 60-63°F.

14.5% Alcohol”

We’re big fans of Spanish wine here at The Reverse Wine Snob. The Duero Valley in Spain is one area that he haven’t explored as much as we should however. Similar to Rioja in the quality of wines produced, this area is well regarded for making delicious and age-worthy red wines, primarily from the Tempranillo grape, or Tinto Fino as it is known locally. And as it turns out, today’s wine reminds us of one of our favorites from Rioja.

The 2008 Mas de Leda Vino Tempranillo de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon begins with a very nice aroma of caramel, cinnamon and sugar, red cherry, blackberry and lots and lots of licorice. Initially dominated by the caramel and cinnamon, the fruit comes more the the front as the wine has time to breathe. The wine tastes succulent and smooth with some pretty substantial oaky notes initially in the form of sweet caramel and cinnamon. Just like the bouquet the red fruit flavors and licorice become much more prominent as it opens up. It ends with dry, big and grippy tannins, good fruit and spice and then more of those deliciously sweet caramel and cinnamon notes that turn to coffee at the very end.

Quite simple, this is another supremely delicious Spanish wine for less than $20. It reminds me quite a bit of the current #2 wine on our Top 10 Reds lists, the Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva (Bulk Buy Alert…Run, Don’t Walk To Get This Wine!) Much like that wine you’ll either want to give this Tempranillo some time to breathe if you drink it now, or let it age for a few years. Either way you’re guaranteed a whole lot of drinking enjoyment. Cheers!

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Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 5
Overall Rating: 8.0

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