Posts Tagged ‘Carinena’

An inexpensive pair from Spain

Given the rate at which we have been spending money  to prepare our current house for sale, I expanded my purchases below the $11 per bottle mark.  Both of the wines featured in this post are worth drinking.  At only $9 the 2013 Bodegas Ignacio Marin, Duque de Medina, Garnacha, Cariñena offers an articulate nose, black fruit, and attractive greenhouse notes.  It will not hold your interest for more than two glasses so think of it as a wine to drink while you clean your paint brushes or prepare dinner. For just a Dollar more the 2013 Bodegas Castaño, Monastrell, Yecla has attractive aromas and flavors infused with crushed orange skin.  This flavor works very well with the tart red fruit and in the end, will hold the interest of you and your friends until the bottle is finished.  At only $10 per bottle I find that incredible.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2013 Bodegas Ignacio Marin, Duque de Medina, Garnacha, Cariñena – $9
Imported by South River Imports.  This wine is 100% Garnacha. Alcohol 13%.  The nose revealed articulated aromas of black fruit with a slight greenhouse aromas.  In the mouth were ripe, textured flowers and black fruit that was delivered in a more linear fashion.  The acidity and dryness were noticeable in the second half before the greenhouse notes came out on the palate.  The dry structure was appropriate before the aftertaste of minerals and dry extract.  ** Now-2017.


2013 Bodegas Castaño, Monastrell, Yecla – $10
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is 100% Monastrell sourced from old vines on limestone soils.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a slowly building nose of crushed, orange skin and floral aromas.  Nice!  In the mouth were orange citrus infused flavors of red tart fruit.  There were dry, gum drying tannins, and floral, lifted flavors.  A pretty wine.  ** Now-2016.


Five Wines From Spain, 17 April 2009

Back in 2009 Jenn and I are started to enjoy wines from Bierzo. The three below are contemporary in nature but are of good value and recommended. Perhaps the Molleda was underperforming but the bottle we had was forgettable.

2005 Bodegas Dominio de Tares, Baltos, Mencia, Bierzo
This wine is aged in oak for six months. A medium+ opaque ruby/grape color. A light to medium nose of dark, red fruit, corn tortilla, and dusty fruit. In the mouth the red fruit is bright, dusty, and chunky with some juicy acidity in the finish. Brighter red fruit in the finish combine with fine, coating tannins. There are good mouth aromas in the aftertaste with blue,s omewhat inky flavors. This is a tasty contemporary wine.

2003 Juan Gil, Montsant – $13
A medium+ opaque garnet color with earthiness. There is a light nose of brambly berries, perfumed peppermint and spice. In the mouth the dark fruit is framed in hard stoniness followed by coarse tannins and acidity. The fruit does thin out in the mouth leaving a coarse, slightly hot finish. There are flavors of cinnamon, pepper, and tobacco in the aftertaste. Drinking well and appropriately priced around $13.

2006 Hacienda Molleda, Garnacha, Carinena – $11
A light ruby color. There is a light berry nose with a tad bit of banana. In the mouth there are some dusty red/blue fruit, some pepper, in this light to medium bodied wine. There is fresh, citric acidity and minimal dusty tannins. A bit underwhelming for Jenn and I.

2005 Bodegas y Vinedos Luna Beberide, Finca la Cuesto, Bierzo – $21
This wine is 100% Mencia from 60-year-old vines and is aged for 16 months in oak. A medium purplish ruby color. There is a light nose of thick, blue fruit. In the mouth the dusty, red fruit initially hits with some weight then turns light and lithe mid-palate. There is blue fruit in the aftertaste with supporting acidity, some softly creamy blue fruit and new tannins.

2007 Bodegas y Vinedos Luna Beberide, Mencia, Bierzo – $15
A medium opaque purple grape color. A light+ nose of youthful, light juicy fruit, and herbs. In the mouth it is slightly savory with youthful, tart red/blue fruit. There is lively acidity but the fruit thins some mid-palate. There are fine lip-puckering tannins with acidity in the finish. This young wine should be drunk within a few years.