Continuing my Wine series, and staying with the theme of Red wines, I am writing up my review of the 2010 Spanish Quarter Tempranillo/Cabernet blend.
As the name suggests, Spanish Quarter comes from Spain – the bottle is adorned by an iconic scene of the statue of Christopher Columbus in Barcelona, a city known for their various “quarters” each with their own style and feel. Spain itself has more acres under vine than any other country in the world. It is odd, then, that so few of their wines are well known. Personally, I really enjoy the Spanish wines that I have tried, and even though I admittedly have an affinity for that country, some of my favorite reds are Spanish Tempranillos or Garnachas.
The Spanish Quarter has a very rich and dark color that seems to glow a bit at the edges. The clarity is inhibited by this deep, dark red color, but it seems to shimmer with a jewel like quality.
The aroma is very heavy on the dark fruits, with notes of deep raspberry and black cherry coming through quite clearly. There is a slight nose of currants as well.
The flavor, like many tempranillos, is sweet at the onset – just how I like them, but it is full bodied and rich, with deep tannins toward the finish.
I have been fond of Tempranillos, and Spanish Quarter in particular, for some time now without ever putting my thoughts onto paper. This is an excellent, moderately priced red, and a good example of how a tempranillo/cabernet blend should be. It has heavy legs and a full flavor – like a jewel in your mouth. The taste is complex, but the full spectrum of sweet at the opening to tannin at the finish can be a bit much for those who do not enjoy a full red wine.
Overall rating: 8