November 17, 2010

2007 Alto Almanzora Este: Because I Can't Drink Grand Cru Every Day

Alto Almanzora’s 2007 Este is a blend of 45% Monastrell, 25% Tempranillo, and the balance Syrah, Garnacha, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is sourced from vines in located in eastern Andalucia in the south-east corner of Spain. The wine was aged for six months in French and American Oak.
The wine shows ripe blue and black fruit that is rich, but not totally overbearing. There's an attractive peppery-spice to the wine as well. The oak treatment is fairly restrained for a mass-produced, inexpensive blended wine. The nice thing about this wine is that is a fairly interesting everyday red wine drinker that costs all of $10. I bought mine at Ansley Kroger, but most of the shops in town carry the wine. Go get some.

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