Wednesday, July 15, 2009

**+ $ Ercavio Roble Tempranillo, 2005, Spain - Review and Rating

Original review, April, 2008: In the glass, Ercavio Roble Tempranillo, 2005, is medium deep red, ruby at the edge.

Aromas are moderately powerful, mostly reminding of grape Kool-Aid with a pinch of oak dust.

On the palate, a hint of Welch's grape-aid remains, but wrapped in a comfortable robe of catchy tannins and a touch of acid. Fills the cavities of your mouth and brings those grapes into a long finish. Touch of blueberry. Two stars, because I wouldn't rush to seek it out again, with a plus for its promising finish.

Jay Miller of Wine Advocate was pretty enthusiastic, awarding 90 points, writing, "The 2005 Ercavio Roble is a remarkable value. Produced from 100% Cencibel (Tempranillo), this is a custom cuvee selected by importer Eric Solomon, and was aged for 5 months in French and American oak. Purple colored, with fragrant spice box, tobacco, blueberry, and blackberry aromas, this full-bodied effort has gobs of ripe fruit, a firm structure, and a 40-second finish, not bad value for a sawbuck. Although this well-made wine will surely evolve for 2-3 years, who will have the patience?"


Updated review, June, 2009: Color and aromas are consistent with the tasting a year and a half ago, including the grape kool-aid elements. On the sip, the wine has settled into a dark, slightly acidic, blueberry-tinged entrant, with more acids and less tannins filling out the healthy finish. Matured slightly, I'd still hold the Ercavio Roble Tempranillo at 2 plus stars. Still great for dry red grape juice fans. At one and a half stars above its price point, this hits good value status.

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