My sister and I love to hang out and drink multiple bottles of wine and make copious amounts of food. I’m always excited to see what she’s brought over because even though we tend to enjoy the same types of wine, she has an entirely different artistic slant then me when selecting bottles. She always brings a wine that wouldn’t have caught my eye, so it’s consistently an adventure for me. She spent a summer in Italy enjoying fantastic wines and leans towards very big bold Brunello types. She vacationed in Maine last month and brought back a bottle of Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo 2006. She couldn’t remember exactly how much it was, she thought around $12, a quick look online showed a range of $8-$14.We decided a fun juicy Tempranillo would be the perfect starting point for the evening.
The very first sip carried a pleasant tartness to it, kind of in the spirit of a granny smith apple. The refreshing herby taste was so robust that it completely emphasized the cilantro and basil in my Thai noodles. It was so herby and savory that I passed my glass to my fiancé [who was eating a pineapple chicken dish] to confirm that the fresh herbiness was from the wine, not my Thai noodles. A mild smoky flavor followed, which added a nice round fullness to the wine, smooth tannins completed the finish. It’s a fantastic value on the $8 end of the spectrum, and a good value on the $14 end.
Produced and Bottled by Vincente Grandia
$12 [average price]