Wine Blogging Wednesday #35 - Passionate Spain

Welcome to my first visit to Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW). For those of you that are unfamiliar with WBW, you can learn more about it here. In short, it was started in 2004 in an attempt to bring about more awareness of wines around the world. Each month has a theme and wine bloggers, "spanning the globe", seek out the theme wines and blog. Or, drink and then blog. Hopefully they don't over-drink before they blog.

When I spotted the theme this month, I was a bit sad. About three months ago we had some friends over and sampled a couple of Spanish wines. It didn't seem like it would fit the spirit of the WBW to just comment on those wines in retrospect. So, I will comment on those at the end of blog, because they are worth noting.

For WBW, I selected Venta Mazzaron 2004 Tempranillo, purchased from Cost Plus World Market for $14.99. This was a bit more expensive than the $10.00 limit we were given for WBW, but I couldn't help myself. At least the other two wines mentioned here are under the cap, so maybe all is not lost.

Winemakers Notes:
A fruit-forward Tempranillo with arousing scents of smoke, cocoa, black cherry and sizzling bacon. This svelte red resounds with black plum, cherry, mocha and sweet spice flavors which absolutely bloom mid palate! Briar fruit on the back palate is followed by a sensuous, elegant finish.

My Notes:
This is a soft and subtle wine, fruit on the front end, nicely balanced and a long and interesting finish.

Impression Upon Opening
Great out of the bottle but needs a few minutes to bloom. The flavors are a bit sharp and the tannins are thick.

Impression After Decanting 1 Hour
As suspected, the wine grew throughout the night. The fruit came to the front and the finish anchored itself into the pallet.

Impression with Meal
Paired this wine with bar-b-cue chicken. It didn't hold up as well as I would have hoped, but it didn't detract from the meal. The wine was better when standing and its own.

I probably wont be rushing back to buy this. For the price, the Bodega Borsao listed below was a better wine and played better with food.

Bodega 2005 Borsao - $8.99

"Slightly more intense than the Vina Borgia (and priced $2 higher) is the 2005 Borsao, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Tempranillo. This stainless steel-fermented, deep ruby-hued effort displays plenty of sweet black cherry, strawberry, and raspberry fruit, a hint of black currants, medium body, silky tannin, and wonderful ripeness. The word is "BUY!" Drink it over the next year." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Wrongo Dongo - $8.99

Upfront ripe berry fruit. Chunks of blackberry, black cherry, and vanilla oak, with a line of chocolate licorice. Smooth texture. Drying acidity in the mid palate and sweet ripe tannins in the finish, which is attractive and longer than expected. Matched nicely with turkey tacos, should do well with other Mexican dishes, mild Indian cuisine, and simple fare such as burgers and barbecue chicken.


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