*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the folks at Pasternak Imports.
As I mentioned, we’re finally easing out of the DC spummall and into (slightly) cooler temperatures. And the humidity is gone, at last. So that means red wine! But I’m looking at the gateway red wines (ha), of the lighter variety before settling into my Zins and Petite Sirahs for the winter. A Tempranillo seemed to fit the bill, so I pulled out the 2008 Terracita Tempranillo from Spain. It had a plastic cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for about $9.
On the nose I found lots of bright fruit. Blackberry, black cherry, and black plum, with some red edges, spice, and baking spice. In the mouth I got cherry, plum, spice, cedar, fresh cherry, black cherry, very tart cherry, and more cherry. Along with great acidity, this wine provided exactly the bright, light red I was looking for this evening, and at only $9 to boot.