SRP of $14 and available for as low as $11. While this wine is certainly available in the U.S., it looks to be even more widely available in Canada — and under $20 to boot! Sample submitted for review. (There is also a black label version for some markets, but it is the same wine.)
From the bottle:
“Our Reserva is made from Tempranillo, Monastrell and Garnacha grapes. The wine was aged for 12 months in oak barrels before bottling, then given further time in our cellars before release.
The result is a mature wine with rich aromas and flavours that is perfect for drinking today. Enjoy it with roasted meats, baked pasta dishes or your favorite grilled foods.
Castilla-La Mancha, best known for Don Quixote and Manchego cheese, was for a long time synonymous with cheap bulk wine. And we mean bulk — this area grows over half of all the grapes produced in Spain. However, in the last 20-30 years the quality of many wines in the area have increased dramatically, and today it can be a nice value spot.
Tempranillo and Garnacha are the undisputed kings of red grapes in Spain. Monastrell, while not nearly as popular as the big two, is widely grown in some areas and is of course well known worldwide as Mourvedre. Today’s wine is unusual in that it combines all three into one wine.
The 2009 Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Reserva begins with pleasant aromas of blackberry, vanilla, peppery spice, cedar and violets. Tasting reveals dark fruit, oak and cola in this smooth and tasty wine, which features a slightly chewy texture. The wine gets better as it has more air and is probably still a bit young. It ends dry with lingering notes of rich fruit and a hint of vanilla under the oaky spice.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.