75% Tempranillo,10% Garnacha and 15% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain.
SRP of $14 and available for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Classic Wines.
From the winery:
"16 months in American and French oak casks of the Bordeaux type, with racking performed four times. Only released for sale when ready for drinking at its best.
Intense cherry red colour. Aromas of oak ageing with hints of spices. Strong attack, good backbone, full-flavoured, with well integrated long-lasting tannins. Long and persistent finish.
One of our favorite wines here at The Reverse Wine Snob was a $10 2007 Rioja Reserva that sat atop our previous Top 10 list for several months. Now that the 2007 Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva is no longer widely available we weren't sure if we'd ever find a replacement. Surprisingly we found one that is even older!
The 2006 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva begins with pleasant aromas of black cherry, spice, vanilla and a hint of mint. The wine tastes smooth and balanced with wonderful earthy notes plus rich tart fruit. There's also some great spice and pepper. Give it a couple hours decant to be at its best. On the dry, long finish rich fruit tinged with spice lingers deliciously. A shoo-in for our nextTop 10 Reds list!
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Overall Rating: 8.5
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