2009 Albero Tempranillo Barrica

The Albero Tempranillo Barrica is Estate grown and bottled 100% Organically farmed Tempranillo from a vineyard near the town of Valencia (D.O. Uriel-Requena) near the Mediterranean Sea in Spain. The Barrica in the name refers to the wine being aged for 4 months in American oak barrels. The Albero Tempranillo is imported to the USA exclusively for Trader Joe’s and sells for $5.99. The alcohol content is 13%.

The color is black cherry red with rust overtones. The nose is strawberry shortcake with whipped cream on top. Medium body with cassis upfront followed by cherry and strawberry. The tannins are smooth and the oak gives the wine a nice touch of vanilla. The downside is that there is no mid-palate and the finish is weak.

The Albero Tempranillo Barrica is a simple, very drinkable wine and well priced at 6 bucks. There are better Tempranillo’s in the $10 range and if I was heading to a BYOB Tapas joint I would grab one of those instead. But as a very approachable, cheap, every day red, the Albero Tempranillo Barrica works fairly well.

Comments

  1. Overly powerful oak & rust touches. Does not seem to age well as the cork was very dry and the wine acetic.

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