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Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 11.34.38 AMWhen it comes to Spanish wine making they sure love to age wine. For the 2008 Anciano Tempranillo Reserva this wine is already an older vintage at 2008 but it also was barrel aged for 5 years and then spent an additional year in the bottle. Now here it is in 2015 and it has almost spent another year before it was poured into my glass.

The even more odd thing about this is that these wines can be so cheap. This one was picked up in the $12 range and from Ancona’s Wine and Liquors website you can get it for $12.99. Here is the extended information that you can get from them:

“Anciano wines are made in the timeless Spanish tradition. This 100% Tempranillo wine from the Valdepenas DO is aged in the cellars of Bodegas Navalon. The grapes come from 30+ year old vines and the wines were aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for about 1 year with the remaining time in bottle. The aromas and flavors are very dense with a punch of rich compote fruit, vanilla, cococut, and licorice. The extended ageing has softened the tannins. The finish is plesant and long. This is an ideal match with a range of foods including stews, red meat and mature cheese.”~(Monica McCall)

So what did I think?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Black cherry, cinnamon, and a little red fruit maybe pomegranate.

Taste – Black cherry, cedar, and slight licorice.

Finish – Medium to long with medium to high acid and bold supple tannins.

Overall, this wine was pretty good. It is not a complex Tempranillo by any means and there are some really good complex ones out there. That said for $12.99 this would be my pick up and take to the neighborhood barbecue wine. Different enough that no one else probably has seen it. Palatable for all tastes.

Rating: B

~Justin