Visiting Argentina (Through Wine)

I picked up this bottle of 2004 Barricas Tempranillo from Chronicle Wine Cellar in Pasadena. It had a real cork closure, cost $6.95 and was 13% alcohol by volume. At this price point, I thought this wine was a fairly good value, though I’m not terribly familiar with Tempranillos, so don’t have much to judge it by. I believe I had one at a Best Cellars tasting and I wasn’t impressed. This one, for $6.95 was definitely drinkable and I thought it had good characteristics.

On the nose there was leather, undertones of bosenberry and a distinct barnyard aroma. I picked up on that when I opened the bottle, but didn’t want to prejudice anyone who was drinking the wine so didn’t say anything until everyone was drinking and laughing at me as I tokk notes. (Matt’s friends from home again.) Then I said “barnyard” and they laughed even more until one finally stuck his nose in the glass and said “It is like a barnyard!” In the mouth I would describe this wine as being full of juicy fruit, mostly blackberry with hints of the leather from the nose. A tasty wine and one I wouldn’t hesitate to get again.

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One Response

  1. Hi Soñadora, I’m from Argentina and I also love wines.
    My friends and I frequently join to taste different wines.
    I’m afraid I don’t know the argentine wines you tasted. I guess they must be for the foreign market as you can not find those at argentine wine shops.
    If you have the chance try Catena’s wines (http://www.catenawines.com) which I find them very good.
    Have a look at our page:
    http://decatas.blogspot.com

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