Tuesday, July 14, 2009

El Dorado Tempranillo Lot #3

i decided to fix a nice sirloin with some red potatoes and steamed veggies and needed a red to go with it. i pulled this bottle out of the cellar which was a gift from a friend (thanks big guy!). turned out to be an excellent choice. the nose was dark fruits, mostly blackberry, with some really nice licorice, leather and wet forest floor notes. the palate was very nice with flavors of black cherry, a little blueberry and some cedar and tobacco notes. as it opened, i got a little pepper and some tar mixed with some soft vanilla flavors as well. very interesting palate that was well balanced. the tannins were not the least bit overpowering and the finish was very long and full. the wine sells for about $15 and is a very nice food companion, especially grilled meats. and yes, the label is just that plain. looks like a piece of masking tape with the name in marker.

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