I took a chance and ordered this untested red from Spain and I served it to 30 people at a dinner party. I fretted over it for several days prior. I was delighted by the quality and the wonderful responses I received. Three guests even wanted to take the left over wine home.
I am ready to reorder as soon as it becomes available.
This wine is very light considering it was aged in oak. I enjoyed the wine as I do all Spanish wines. I was not disappointed & recommend it is a nice summer evening wine or an every day wine. The price is sure worth it.
This wine was much more light bodied than I expected. It reminded me more of many of the "young" wines from Italy.
One of the characteristics of old world reds that I enjoy is "terroir", the taste of the soil. Does this wine have terroir?
Yes, this absolutely does. Worth a try.
So far, the 'Red Wine Value of the Year' award has to go to the just-arrived Flavium “Premium” Bierzo 2008. It’s a big, rich, and wide-open Spanish red that earned a 90 point rating from Wine Advocate. From one of Spain’s most exciting re-emerging regions, Bierzo, it was supposed to retail for about $16 – already great value from a region where $25-$50 is more common. But we bought early and big, so you can enjoy this robust, oak-aged, beauty from just $9.97!
“Every once in a while an unfamiliar wine region rises and demands attention. Most recently, I’ve been hearing the song of the red wines of Bierzo. Bierzo? Absolutely. It’s a small, ancient region in the northwestern corner of Castilla y Leon, almost on the eastern border of Galicia, which is due north of Portugal on the Atlantic coast. Most wine drinkers, I suspect, have never heard of Bierzo, but the word is getting around. And if you get the opportunity to taste a good bottle, with haunting, exotic wildflower, licorice and fruit flavors, you can’t help but remember it.” - Eric Asimov, The New York Times