Look what Santa brought down the chimney? A very old bottle of Tempranillo.
A beautiful wine, quite up front, luscious on the palate with pronounced and perhaps a too assertive woodiness, gorgeous depth and nuanced on every sip. It drank spectacularly but not cohesively with food. It shone just on its own. And it shone like a beacon.
Decanter gave it 95 and I think Gismondi 93, but aside from the points let’s just ask a few simple questions. First, Clos de Soleil: The Signature is a little more, the Reserve Red $15 more. Over at Culmina? Their flagship Hypothesis is well above asking. Blue Mountain has overpriced their reds this year putting a simple Reserve Pinot into the stratosphere. It goes on and on across BC. In short, for under $40, you can drink a 15-year-old majestic Rioja, made with love and passion and shipped to BC and marked up beyond belief, or you can spend more, and lay something down, and wait. And wait.
Here is something endearing from a bad translation on the bottle: “The best Tempranillo grape [sic]…a long stay in bottle and passion, a lot of passion.”
Price: $38 at BC Liquor if you can source it.
Market Liquidity: I don’t know about “in the bottle and passion” combined, but it is swoon-worthy.