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The Top Deal of 2011 – ’09 Volver Tempranillo 92 pts for $11.95

December 15, 2011 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  No comments

Disclaimer: Spain has, by far, the best wine values in the world.

Remember what I said about Jorge Ordonez? No?  Well read up on him here on my post dedicated to his wine.  He's a legendary wine importer and the 2009 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo is probably his best value ever.  Call me a fanboy.  Go ahead.  Jorge Ordonez is to me what Steve Jobs is to Apple fanatics.

I've had this wine for the last three vintages and the 2009 is the best yet.  Volver routinely scores 90 points but this year Robert Parker gave it 92 points saying "I would unquestionably drink as a house wine."  Parker doesn't review Spanish wines anymore, but he had this and thought it was so good that he wrote it up in his quarterly publication.  Need a back-up rating? Tanzer gave it 90+ points which

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88 Point Rioja Under $10 – Luberri Joven Orlegi 2010

September 30, 2011 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  No comments

From now on, the following note goes at the top of every Spanish wine post.  Disclaimer: Spain has, by far, the best wine values in the world.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about the latest value.  Any Rioja under $10 is likely a good deal, since Rioja is arguably the most prestigious region in Spain.  So when I came across this 88 pointer for $9.95, I had to try it.  What's the worst that could happen?  I'm out $10?  Well, for me, not quite actually.  You see every wine I drink has an opportunity cost.  What's the opportunity?  A better wine of course.  I can only drink so much wine and could never hope to taste every wine in the world, so a crappy bottle isn't just a waste of money, it's a waste of the experience of drinking another, better wine.

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A 90 Point Tempranillo That Will Blow Your Mind

May 9, 2011 Daily Drinkers  One comment

It's wines like this that make me ask why I spend $30+ on a single bottle.  I try two to three new wines every week.  Because of the research I put in before purchasing, I'm often (but not always) impressed by the value those wines deliver.  Occasionally, I am totally blown away by what I'm drinking.  This is one of those wines.

I literally can't wrap my head around how, financially, a wine this good can be made.  The grapes are grown nearly 6000 miles away in a country where, despite their unstable economy, the exchange rate isn't exactly favorable for us 'mericans.  Sure Spain has more acres under vine than any other country, but they still have to grow, harvest, ferment, age, bottle, transport and sell each bottle of wine.  Doing that for a wine that tastes this good, and selling it

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Volver Tempranillo 2008 RP90- $12? Seriously?

January 31, 2011 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  2 comments

Maybe it's the euro to dollar exchange rate or just a few great vintages in a row, but Spain is coming out with some absolutely staggering bargains.  In reality, I think that Spain, more than any other European country, is starting to use modern, dare I say American, winemaking techniques that result in high quality, rich but approachable wines from vineyards that have been around for hundreds of years.

Here's another theory beginning with a question: Which country has the most acreage of vineyards planted?  With over 2.7 million acres, Spain has nearly three times the acreage of the good ole' US of A according to the Wine Institute.  So naturally Spain would have ample opportunity for ambitious winemakers to choose great grapes from underutilized vineyards to produce so many fantastic

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A 90 Point Rioja for $7.99- Daily drinking pleasure!

December 23, 2010 Daily Drinkers  No comments

The 2009 Montebuena Rioja  is about as good as it gets for the price. Seriously.  It's good.  As I've said before, some of the best values in the world are coming out of Spain and this Rioja is another in a line of Granache, Tempranillo, Carinena and Syrah based wines from España to over deliver.  In the last year in particular, the euro has been week vs. the dollar, further contributing to the value of these wines.

This wine pours a beautiful, slightly translucent red and puts off beautiful aromas of earth, cedar and raspberry.  It's particularly polished with bright flavors of pomegranate, superb depth and outrageous balance for a wine in this price range.  This Tempranillo also displays surprising concentration gained from the old vines (up to 90 years) from which it was picked.  If

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91 Point Tempranillo Value w/ Free Shipping. $23.95

September 26, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Since drinking the 2005 Numanthia Termes (Wine Spectator's #2 Wine of the Year), I've been craving another Tinta de Toro (a.k.a. Tempranillo from the Toro region of Spain).  The 2007 Bodegas Teso La Monja Almirez satisfied my carving in a major way and is a certifiable value for under $25 including shipping.

The Rioja region has a stranglehold on the Tempranillo grape, but I love the style made in the Toro region, which tends to be more bright and a little less rustic and earthy; more of a New World style.  This particular example holds true to those traits with a bright, expressive nose and rich mouthfeel complimented with sweet fruit.  The finish has a spicy, tannic bite that suggests that this wine will age nicely, mellowing out and developing more complexity in the next 2-4 years.

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