MONTECILLO CRIANZA 2006

My friend David pointed this one out to me from the general list (so very available). Rioja are known as one of the best areas for wine in Spain and Tempranillo (which is the grape used in a Crianza) are a signature grape for them. This wine is medium in color. On the nose the wine is quite mild with some black fruits coming through. On the mid pallet are typical Tempranillo flavors, black fruits, some cherries etc. On the finish there are some oak, and smokey/leather tastes. The wine has some dryness, some tannins and no tartness on it’s medium finish. This wine is very well made. Alcohols are well under control, a welcome change after the last two alcohol bombs. I paired the wine with a pork sausage and it went well. I would give the wine an 89-90. Very nice. Thanks David!

From the LCBO web site:
MONTECILLO CRIANZA LCBO 144493 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 14.95
Wine, Red Wine, 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Made in: Rioja, Spain By: Osborne Y Cia

Tasting Note
Medium ruby red colour; raspberry, sweet cherry, violet, lavander and cassis fruit aromas with hints of vanilla and oak; dry, medium-full bodied, good acidity with ripe plum, cherry, cedar and leather notes on the palate; long, smooth finish.

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