Spain scores again with the QPR. Excellent wine for the $14 price point. Expressive nose of sour cherries, dried cranberries and raspberries, dried herbs, stewed meat and asian spices. Attacks the palate with a medium-light body but full flavors or more dried red fruit and figs, game, and cranberry sauce. Grenache makes its presence known with a spicy mid-palate and a high octane finish. Great complexity for a wine well under $20, outstanding value. Fell a little flat on the finish with lower than average tannins, moderate acidity and high alcohol. Other than the disjointed finish, I love this wine. It's a must for anyone looking for quality on a budget.
I'm not that experienced with Rioja, but this one seemed quite pleasant a great addition to the Spanish tasting meal at Mezze Restaurant in Oakland. Cherries, wood smoke, fresh turned earth, some crushed sage leaf... not a big wine or especially complex but certainly worth the $30 off a restaurant wine list.
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