Sample received courtesy Wines of Navarra for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Vineyard: Tempranillo from Finca Carrascal of Caparosso, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Albret of Cadreita
Varietals: Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrels: Ageing in French oak barrels for 9 months
Bottle Ageing: 9 months
Recommend serving temperature 16-18°C. 13.5% Alcohol"
Another wine from the Kingdom of Navarra in Spain that does not disappoint. The 2007 Albret French Oak exhibits a whole bunch of aromas: ripe fruit, blackberry, plum, vanilla, spice, and even some floral notes. It tastes of dark fruit, with some pepper and vanilla. The finish is dry, with nice tannins, and of medium length. This is a smooth, drinkable wine with good balance and is quite nice at only $8.
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Overall Rating: 7.5
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