La Granja 360 Tempranillo 2008 Wine Review
This was a random Trader Joe’s find for me, and while I love the random cheap wines I can find at TJ’s, they make it really damn difficult to pass them on to people who don’t have one near them. This is because Trader Joe’s has some crazy, backdoor tactic when it comes to getting their hands on the wines they sell. They source them direct, I believe, and so the only way to get them is to head to one of their stores. Damn your smart business tactics Trader Joe’s!
I’ll say this for the wine: Kick-ass label. Nothing works better on a bottle of wine than a fat, floating pig.
Light and filtered, just as a Tempranillo should look. Nothing too hefty.
Frozen cherries, black licorice, tree bark. Cold, empty room with a gurney. Don’t ask me what that means, but it’s what came to mind and what I wrote down immediately. It must be the writer in me. Something in the nose of this wine just evoked “empty” and “hospital”. Boy, I’m really giving the hard sell on this wine, aren’t I?
BOOM licorice! Really heavy anise flavors stand out completely. Tart cherry, the tree bark again, and a really nice third course of dirty cocoa. Not chocolate; cocoa. Decent structure, but not as good as other Tempranillos I’ve had (but please, this was $6) and even some California Tempranillos. The finish is quick and doesn’t really leave any money on the dresser.
Great as a standalone, but could work wonders with pizza or some cured meats. Won’t hold up to barbecue or red sauces. Also, strangely enough, this would work with some grilled, spicy fish. Add some red pepper and some lime and you’re set. Paella, too.
Where to Buy
$6 at Trader Joe’s, baby.
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