I enjoy the finer things in life just as much as the next guy, but lately I’ve been on a real bargain kick. I’m really enjoying finding the greatest values, finding the most interesting wines for the cheapest price. So far this year I’ve found quite a few.So what’s changed that’s helped me to find more of these incredible values? I’ve made a simple change in the way I purchase wine: I am not buying wines from the same old familiar producers and locations. I am deliberately going outside of my comfort zone and it’s turned out to be very rewarding.
85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano
Aging: 6 months in 1 year old French and American oak
Price: Retails for $10-$15. I purchased this wine from Costco for $9.99
I’m becoming a big fan of Tempranillo and especially the region of Rioja. There are a ton of great values coming out of this area right now.
The Rioja region is actually quite impressive. According to the all-knowing wikipedia the region has 14,000 vineyards covering 123,000 acres and over 150 wineries. The region has a history of wine making dating back to the year 873.
Ripe, fruit forward, a little jammy. Nice complexity on the back end, featuring a graphite minerality and cigar paper finish. Way more than I expected for a $10 wine. Drink now.
Weekly Wine Journal rating: 90 points