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Mencia

$15.95 – Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2012

What the Experts say: This firm red is reserved, but shows depth and integration, with mulled plum, licorice, mineral and smoke flavors that mingle over well-integrated tannins, giving way to the juicy finish. What do I think: I have been drinking this for years. This...

$12.95 – Lagar De Robla Premium 2012

Just stumbled across this one and it is a steal at $12.95.  Excellent hard cork so I bought a bunch and am hiding them away, try a couple in each of the next 4 years.  At that price why wouldn’t you?  Or just drink them.  Leon is in the Northwest of Spain on the...

Monastrell

$14.95 – Juan Gil Yellow Label Monastrell 2018

It might be too early in the year to call this the wine find of the year but I am pretty sure that it will be near the top.  Hard to find a better red at 15 bucks! What you can expect: Dark red cherry look and aroma.  Full bodied, flavorful and a long finish and mild...

Rioja

Rio Madre Graciano 2019: $17.95

What You Can Expect: On occasion I taste a wine and immediately go buy a case.  This was one of those occasions.  Some of those will go down for up to 5 years.  Needless to say, I way impressed, had never had the Graciano grape.  Dark rich colour, intense flavour,...

$18.05 – Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2012

What do I think:  Gotta love these Spanish reds – 2012 for under $20! Smooth and well rounded well taken care of before delivered and a smooth finish it does deliver! What the Experts say: Medium ruby colour; aromas and flavours of plum, herb and red berry with hints...

Tempranillo

$21.95 – Barón de Ley Reserva 2015

What you can Expect:  A very solid red no wonder it was a Decanter Wine of the Year. A plush texture and ripe flavors, plum, currant and fig notes and a hint of licorice.  Full bodied through the spicy finish. Score – 92. (Thomas Matthews, winespectator.com, June 30,...

$16.95 – LAN Crianza Tempranillo

Need to put this one in the “Best Bargains” category.  Always in my home and always pleasing! Spending a year or more in oak before mellowing at least 12 more months in bottle prior to release, this Spanish beauty made from 100% Tempranillo is dry, medium to full body...

Others

$18.95 – Borsao Berola 2016

What to expect:  This has a very rich and vibrant feel with a succulent, juicy and impressively ripe core of dark and redder-fruit flavors. Drink now. Score – 90. (jamessuckling.com, July 26, 2019)  A bargoon!!!!

$21.95 – Beronia Reserva 2014

What the Experts say: A blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo aged in a combo of French and American oak. Deep, dark and spicy with brambly raspberry and blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, smoke, anise and black pepper. Savour with blackened steaks or smoky...

$24.95 – Vina Herminia Reserva 2012, Rioja

Yup a 2012 Tempranillo Blend for only 25 bucks!!! What the Experts say:  Expect big red fruit flavours with oaky shading and pour with your favourite barbecued meats. What do I think:  A very solid, full bodied wine that is predominately Tempranillo – think of it as a...

$22.95 – Cune Reserva, Rioja Region, 2014

What the Experts say: Limpid ruby-red. Expressive red berry and floral aromas are accompanied by suggestions of woodsmoke, vanilla and candied rose. Supple and open-knit, offering sweet cherry and raspberry flavors that slowly deepen and take a darker turn with...

$7.95 – Toro Bravo Tempranillo Merlot 2018

No BULL at under 8 bucks and pretty damn good!  So good a golf buddy came out to the golf course one day asking me if I had heard about it.  Excited to be going to by some after the round.  I told him that this stuff flies off the shelf – so get it when you can. What...