Thursday, February 13, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2008 Bodegas Del Rosario Bullas Tesoro Seleccion Bullas

I am a big fan of Spanish wine.  Wine is such a part of the culture of Spain that you can count on finding many food friendly, value priced wines from all over Spain.  This wine was from a region I have never tasted before, Bullas in south eastern Spain.  The main red grape variety of the region,  and the main grape in this wine is Monastrell (called Mourvedre in France). They also throw in 25% of Syrah to the blend.  Tesoro translates to treasure - so let's see if it lives up to the name!

Wine: 2008 Bodegas Del Rosario Bullas Tesoro Seleccion Bullas
Region: Bullas, Murcia, Spain
Grape Varieties: Monastrell (Mourvedre) 75%, Syrah 25%
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $14.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear - dark purple at the center/core with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Very concentrated with lots of blackberry and blueberry - no surprise coming from a warmer region toward the south of Spain. Also a bit of smoke and a hint of licorice. Overall very nice.
Taste: Not as full bodied as I expected from the color and aromas - but not a lightweight either. Overall a nicely balanced wine, but a little too much heat comes through from the alcohol level (14%).

The Grade: I give this one a B+. A nice wine for the price, the only issue I have is the heat from the alcohol. Very interesting and pleasant aromas, a very good everyday wine if you are looking for something more full bodied than many everyday Spanish wines. If you can find it for around $15 like I did - I would say it's a nice value "treasure."

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