Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: ***+ $ Protocolo Red Wine, Castilla, Spain, 2006 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we are trying a bargain-priced tempranillo from Castilla, Spain, selected and bottled by Dominio de Eguren.

Original tasting and review : This is Eguren Protocolo Tempranillo Red Wine, Castilla, Spain, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: This well-aged bargain tempranillo still shows as deep ruby red in the glass, no brick edges evident.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows deep violet plum tones with some blackberry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be hearty and spry.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact solidly furred and toned fruit on the mid-palate - a structured plum and blackberry.  Bright highlights curve in around the edges then up to your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, the wine rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, yielding a best value at its remarkably low price point, and showing even-more-remarkable stamina at six years from vintage date. 

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Very consistent nose and palate.  This picked up even more aromatics on the palate, generating a plus for its pleasant balance.  Great value. 

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