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A Pair of Affordable Spanish Wines

I occasionally try $10 bottles of wine to see if they are appropriate for daily drinking or larger-scale entertaining.  I can certainly think of several $12 wines that have personality and are tasty, which I have personally served at our house.  However, the $10 range is a bit tricky.  This bottle of 2010 Pinol, Ludovicus is priced at $10.  While I did not mind it, Jenn did not want to drink it.  The notes of pruned fruit and impression of softness were too distracting so I would pass on this one.  We have drunk the Maurodos, Prima before but somehow I never managed to write down a tasting note.  Though priced a few more dollars than I would prefer, it is still a respectable buy for a wine which requires time to develop for a few years.  These selections are currently at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Celler Pinol, Ludovicus, Terra Alta – $10
Imported by OLE Imports.  This wine is a blend of 40% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, 15% Carinena, 15% Tempranillo, and 10% Merlot.  The fruit was sourced from vineyards at 1,200 feet on soils of  clay and brown limestone.  It was aged for four months in French and American oak barrels.  There was tighter, structured blue fruit with a floral hint at first then some pruned fruit flavors as wood tannins and spice come out.  The fruit is a bit soft in how it feels but eventually develops some texture.  There is a bit of freshness in the finish.  ** Now-2015. Find it at Add to Cart.

2009 Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos, Prima, Toro – $17
Imported by Grapes of Spain.  This wine is a blend of 90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Garnacha which aged for 12 months in oak barrels.  There was a subtle nose of mixed fruit.  In the blue flavors of blue and red fruit are ripe with a gentle spice.  There is a tart lift in the middle with cherry flavors (and something like blue candy) along with some dark spice.  This need a few years to open up but has potential.  **(*) 2014-2019. Find it at Add to Cart.

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