The world is awash in enjoyable, everyday $10 wines. So much so, that it makes sense to buy a variety of these wines rather than stock up on one in particular. Often, everyday wines have a monotonous character and become boring -- ruining the notion that these "cellar defenders" are the go to bottles during the week. Instead you tire of them and leave them to rot in the cellar racks. Thats exactly what happened with this '10 Espelt. I wish I had bought 3 rather than 12.
True, the wine is dense and deep purple in the glass and offers an abundance of lively "new worldly" blackberry fruit. It's lush and forward but with a finish that shows a bit too much heat for my taste. One might guess its a Californian Syrah which might appeal to some. Worth a shot but not twelve.
Medium purple in color, this wine revealed black currant, raspberry, espresso and spices on the nose. The mouth feel brought gobs of juicy dark fruits and added notes of cinnamon and forest floor. The finish was medium in length with the dark fruits and juicy fruit elements coming on strong.
Purchased for $11US, this is one of the best values on the market today for a wine of this quality. The intense fruits and sot tannins make this an easy drinking, thoroughly enjoyable Spanish red.
An Eric Solomon Selection. Imported by European Cellars, LLC, Charlotte, NC.
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