Casa Todelano Tempranillo

At a Glance
Overall blueberry, pomegranate, light oak
Notes excellent value.  well rounded, smooth and easy to drink.  medium tannins.  add this to your good-value house wine list.  good with pizza and tapas.
Sweetness dry – 6 g/L
Price $8.15
LCBO# 13462

Osborne Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Juicy and fruit forward.  Rich mouthfeel with a lightly spiced and oak finish
Blend of: Tempranillo & Cabernet Sauvignon
At a Glance
Taste plum, vanilla, spice
Smell plum, oak, vanilla
Food pot roast
Sweetness dry
Price $11.45
LCBO# 610188

Beronia Tempranillo Rioja 2012

I can say with confidence that Spain is going to be 2016’s go-to for value wines.  It’s not perfect in terms of acidity and finesse but this bottle has some structure and oak to it and is a great value for $13.  Try a spanish red already!

Alcohol/Vol 14%
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, cherry, oak
Smell dark berry fruit, cedar, spice
Food stew, game
Sweetness extra dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 243055


Hermanos Lurton Tempranillo 2012

It’s big, spanish, has gripping tannins and notes of medium-heavy toasted oak.  My new benchmark Tempranillo.  Alcohol/Vol 15%.  100% Tempranillo.
Update: Discontinued and reduced in price from $16.95 -> $13.95 -> $7.60 (so basically a sane non-Canadian price)
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, earth, toasted oak
Smell mulberry, blueberry, grape skins
Food stew, game
Sweetness extra dry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 372342


Update: 6 Months Later (2016-03):

Taste: cassis, black tea, plum

Smell: mulberry, blackberry, blueberry, cedar, tobacco




Muriel Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2008

24 months in oak and it shows well.  Nearly overpowering but the tannins balance it well. 
Alcohol/Vol 13.5%
At a Glance
Taste oak, licorice, blackberry
Smell oak, black cherry, spice
Food tapas
Sweetness extra dry
Price $18.95
LCBO# 276030


Candidato Oro 2005

The aromas were much easier to identify than the flavours in this particular wine.  To add to the tasting notes below, there was something sweet and sour about this wine that stood out especially when mixed with herbaceous notes.
Although mostly tempranillo, this vintage was also blended with some grenache.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste sour berry, tomato leaf, bitters
Smell sweet smoke, spice, blueberry
Food cold cuts
Sweetness dry
Price $7.95
LCBO# 523811

Penascal Tempranillo 2005

This Spanish tempranillo is what I’d imagine you’d find on most people’s table in Spain, it’s good table wine and the price is just right.
Although the wine is not very complex, I do like the firm tannins in play.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, oak, tea
Smell blackberry, vanilla, spice
Food lamb, stew, sausages
Sweetness dry
Price $8.95
LCBO# 343434

Fontal Tempranillo Crianza 2004

With a medium-full mouthfeel, this tempranillo is wide and juicy. Finishing off with sweet tannins and a fruity yet earthy finish.
Interesting note: Due to the region’s (La Mancha) dry climate, the rows of vines are planted far apart so the roots don’t compete for what little moisture there is in the soil between rainfalls.
Release Date: May 10, 2008
At a Glance
Taste dark berry, earth, oak
Smell red berry, earth, plum
Food sausage
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 720235

Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo Garnacha

Take note of this wine from Spain, unlike other wines with cutesy names and uniform taste this wine is playing a different tune. Spanish wines are often very dry, dense and sharp. Spain has been making wine for a long time, but like Chile and South Africa its profile is on the rise.
I believe the wine maker set out to produce something different that would be welcome by most palats. And he succeeded. With lots of dark fruit flavors, berries and soft tannins this is an easy drinking wine on any occasion. As a bonus you can discover two grapes you may not have had yet.
Tip: Garnacha is Spanish for Grenache.
At a Glance
Taste currant, raspberry, plum
Smell spice, berries
Food braised beef, mushrooms
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.65
LCBO# 54007
Red Guitar

Bodegas Castano Hecula 2005

This spanish red has an amazing inky violet colour that lasts all the way to the rim. The flavours are very deep and intense as you pickup on the oak, blackberry, vanilla, tar with a hint of tobacco. The bouquet features a cherry, cassis and cedar.
Dry red lovers will love the chewy tannins on the finish. An excellent value wine.
Tip: balloon glass, no quality loss on second day
At a Glance
Taste oak, blackberry, vanilla
Smell cherry, cassis, cedar
Food red meat, pasta with red sauce
Sweetness extra dry
Price $13.85
LCBO# 718999

Codorniu Brut Cava Pinot Noir Rose Sparkling Wine

Yup, pink sparkling wine. Rose’s get a bad wrap often as they became known as bad wine, not always true. No we weren’t hanging out on the set of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, just dinner at home on a Saturday. This is a nice example of what happens when you let some of the grapes true colors shine through. This sparkling wine, like most, is made from Pinot Noir (a red variety). It has lots of Pinot Noir qualities like strawberry and cherry flavors. This is a really refreshing sparkling wine, enjoy it any day with lunch or dinner. Sparkling wine isn’t just for special occasions.
Tip: Go from fridge to freezer 10 minutes before serving
At a Glance
Taste cherry, strawberry, cotton candy
Smell stone fruit, flowers, plum
Food appetizers, feta or goat cheese
Price $16.85
LCBO# 665372]