Thursday, August 5, 2010


Ercavio Tempranillo

Every now and then a wine pops onto my personal radar when I see it touted as a nice "value wine."  This Ercavio is one of those wines.  I had this about a year ago, and it cost just under $10.  I think it runs a shade over that amount now.
The bottle has a rather pleasing label, with some arty little "grapeprints" at the top.  A product of Spain, this 100% Tempranillo comes from vineyards in Toledo.  It's aged 5 months in French and American oak barrels and is 13.5% abv.
Right away, I love this very fragrant nose.  It has lots of blackberry jam aromas and is also laden with earthy and oak.  The taste is a bit hot right after pouring.  This wine likes to be opened and poured - or decanted - for quite a while to let it settle down.  Once it does, I get a very nice, spicy taste that has an amazing cedar-like quality.  The mouthfeel is a little fuller than I expected from a Tempranillo.  It has a good, solid weight.  There is clove and a host of other spices in the flavor profile.  It's very purple, by the way, very deep and rich in color.  It was nice to find the taste was right along those same lines - deep and rich.

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