I’m serving three Spanish reds at this years Holiday Cocktail Party. (Starts at 6:30, no need to wait. It’ll end up late night, if it’s done right). Why Spanish reds? Mostly because they rock and a bit mysterious for the novice to journeyman taster. My prejudicial general comment – they taste somewhere between a Chianti and a Merlot. But I also do get the side benefit of saying, “We’re serving three Spanish reds this evening”.
I’m very familiar with Rioja, which I love. I wanted to try something else though. I went with two Tempranillos and one Monstrell.
First up, the 2011 Paso A Paso Tempranillo – 2011, This one tastes young. Almost beaujolais like. Loving it with the pigs-n-blanket hors de houveres accompaniment, as I lose my thoughts staring at the leg lamp (yes, of course I have a leg lamp).
The second Tempranillo is the 2007 Codice. Hoping the extra age will do wonders. Ugh – Watered down raisins. Not prune juice, which could be rich and raisen-ey. Just blah. Nothing. Not offensive. Just $5-clois-du-bois-like.
Third up, Tarima 2010. Made from 100% Monstrell: gets right to it. It starts out powerfully, strong, but not too kung pow. A pleasant peppery finish. My neighbor, Steve, loved it. Steve likes good reds.
So the Monstrell rocked. One out of three aint bad for me. I did enjoy the Paso A Paso. Will let a bottle sit on the shelf for 2 years. Patience is a virtue, so I’m told. However, the Codice will remain on the store shelf, as I pass by in the future.
Steve actually liked all three, which is what it’s all about. Like what you like.
Silver lining – I like the variety. Average wines make a great wine taste even better. Plus not everyone loves the “tasting” factor. Some just like an easy drinking red and all three qualify. All three were a hit!