A Smooth and Balanced Tempranillo- Montecillo Reserva 2006

Montecillo also sent me a bottle of their Reserva Tempranillo from Rioja (yesterday I reviewed the Crianza).  Reserva Reds from Rioja must be aged a minimum of 3 years and then spend 1 year in the cask (if you are interested in learning more about wines from Rioja see www.Riojawine.com).  I was excited to see the progression from the younger Crianza to the Reserva and hoped for a little more balance in the wine.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Motecillo Reserva 2006 is 100% Tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $18.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Reserva pours a dark garnet in the glass.  The nose has notes of dark cherry, ripe strawberry, and spice.  The palate is rich and earthy with tastes of cherry, tobacco and lively acidity.  This Tempranillo has a smooth and smokey finish that lingers on a bit.  Montecillo’s Reserva is such a balanced wine and shows the maturity and poise that the Crianza was lacking (and it should only get better with a couple of years).  Grab a bottle and enjoy…it won’t be hard!  Another good wine from Montecillo!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- This Tempranillo pairs well with a juicy steak, burgers, or roasted lamb

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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