Archive for February 6th, 2017

February 6, 2017

Finca 10 Rioja, 2014

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The epitome of cheap and cheerful.  A wonderful Wednesday red.  Fruity, approachable, marginally tannic.  Maraschino syrup against a light peppery bite; think grenadine mixed with Chartreuse.  No weight, feather light for a Tempranillo, and as weak on the nose as the palate and the finish.  But food friendly in a big way and welcome (and warming) during this incredibly long and frigid winter.

 

Price: Regularly $16.99, but on sale at Everything Wine for an astonishing $12.99.  Thanks you EW.

 

Market Liquidity: A bird in the hand.

February 6, 2017

Proyecto La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo, 2014

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Highly recommended by the wine store staff, hugely disappointing at the dinner table.  Which is too bad because, generally speaking, Spanish Grenache (Garnacha) is among the most reasonable of reds, price wise, in the province.

 

Fermented raspberry juice with  a tart cherry top note and a smoky finish which we found not remotely appealing.  A recommended red at a pretty reasonable price it was juicy without complexity and full bodied without interest.  There was an unevenness on the palate, flesh, skin, pith of the fruit, sweet and sour, and, to top it off, awkward with food.

 

Price: A reasonable $22 at Everything Wine.

 

Market Liquidity: Win some, lose some.