When a wine gets a rating like this at this price it flies off the shelves. This one is no exception. I’m skeptical at prices like this. On with the lasting. Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries and some oak. On the mid pallet the wine displays the same black berries to match the nose. On the finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and some complexity. This is a very nice Tempranillo. Well made and food friendly. I paired it with a steak and it went well. I would give it an 89 or so. A far cry from the 94 they gave it but good none the less. Especially given the price. Yumm!

From the LCBO web site:
FINCA EL ENCINAL CRIANZA 2010 VINTAGES 355081 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 17.95
Made in: Ribera Del Duero, Spain By: Bodegas Franco-Españolas
Release Date: Jan 18, 2014
14.0% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Full-bodied & Smooth Sugar Content: 7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Pay no attention to the toasted oak scents that introduce this wine, because they soon leave the scene. Fix your attention instead to the generosity of its fruit, voluptuous and smooth. This is richly layered in flavors (some closer to meat than fruit), with a density that traps and wraps in a lovely way. All in all, a complex wine and an astonishing value. Finca El Encinal is a project from the traditional bodega Franco Españolas de la Rioja. Special Designation: Best Buy. Score – 94. (, June 2013)


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