Thursday, August 7, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2013 Aviva Vino Almansa Niel Santofimia

Great wines at $10 a bottle are one of my lifetime quests. Not an easy find, but Spanish wines are where you can definitely find some great values. I spotted this one when picking up some great steaks at a local gourmet grocery store.

Wine: 2013 Aviva Vino Almansa Niel Santofimia
Region: Alamansa, Spain
Grape Varieties: Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) and some Merlot
Obtained from: Purchased at AJs Fine Foods
Price: $10
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Dark purple with a pink rim.
Aroma: Red fruits like cherry and a bit of Pomegranate, cola and some vanilla.
Taste: Fairly high in acidity, but with enough tannins to balance out the wine. A pleasant, if not long lasting finish. 

The Grade: I give this one a B+.  Really a very nice wine for $10. The acidity is a bit much or this would have earned an A grade. But hey, for $10 - you won't regret buying a bottle or two of this juice.

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