Last night I gave a pour to an affordable Spanish red that was a Tempranillo blend. I decided upon a bottle of Guelbenzu Red 2008. The deep garnet colour was very attractive in the glass, the smell of raspberry and apple was equally pleasing. There were smooth, fruity flavors of black cherry and raspberry, with just a slight bit of an alcohol bite that I was able to ignore as time passed. The finish was brisk, but not disagreeable; it began with licorice notes and ended with a touch of oak. The few rough spots were easy to overlook, especially in comparison to other efforts in the same price point. It was a fun bottle that had ambition beyond its economical price tag.
45% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 18% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano
Vino de la Tierra, Navarra
Enjoy now thru 2012