Thursday, May 8, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2011 Bodegas Ordonez Tineta

My quest continues to find a good Ribera del Duero for under $15.  More in the $20 and above category there are some great wines like those from Emilio Moro. Sometimes, like with Pinot Noir, you just can't successfully go below a certain price point and find a really good wine - it just costs a certain amount to make a good example. In my last online order to the Ultimate Wine Shop, I saw this $11 wine and wanted to give it a try.

Wine: 2011 Bodegas Ordonez Tineta
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo
Obtained from: Purchased online at Ultimate Wine Shop
Price: $11.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Synthetic cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear with a dark purple center/core and a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Dark fruit, chocolate, spices, maybe some licorice. Very complex and very surprising for this price!
Taste: Nice fruit flavor, with a mix of other flavors that mingled very nicely.  A nice level of acidity and quite a long finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A. An excellent surprise for just over $10. I'm guessing this wine will be more expensive as people discover it - so get yours now.  I need to find a local shop that carries this wine, as we are past the wine shipping window for the desert has passed...damn!

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