Vina Albali Tempranillo

Well, the boy child is in bed watching a video, the girl child is
Posted 04th April 2012        

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Well, the boy child is in bed watching a video, the girl child is in her room probably listening to Blink 182 or All Time Low and painting her nails a particularly feminine shade of black, and I am proceeding to open what I hope is a good bottle of red.

For the past few years I have been on a personal quest to find an absolutely incredible red I once tried. I have to say it was the nicest red I have ever, ever tasted but, stupidly, I didn’t jot down the name and can’t remember for the life of me the origin of the wine or where I bought it from. So, believe me when I say that I have drunk my way through many a red since to try and find that elusive little number, and so far my search has been futile.

I am hoping, without holding out too much hope, that this red will be the one, so here goes…

Well okay, this isn’t the actual wine in question but it’s pretty darn close and I’m suitably impressed.

This is a warm, fruity 2011 Tempranillo, full-bodied and very smooth, with a wonderfully comfortable heat as it hits the back of the throat.

I don’t think I could drink gallons of the stuff, yes you heard right; it’s very nice but, in an odd sort of way, also very filling – or perhaps “satisfying” would be a better word to choose, and not the sort of wine you drink on a Saturday night just to get wasted.

I could be way off base here but I think this is a more sophisticated wine, a wine you would drink with friends you haven’t seen in a long time. A wine you would drink when you are on your best behaviour.

It does go well with pork scratchings but I’m sure our more discerning readers would much rather know that this wine would compliment a hearty, meat dish such as a medium steak or perhaps even a venison concoction.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say I can detect a hint, actually not just a hint; a burst is more appropriate, of cherry, plum and cracked black pepper. No, really, I can definitely taste black pepper – and I’m big on pepper. There are all sorts of sweet and savoury notes going on with this sumptuous little baby.

I’m not a huge fan of strong, oaky flavours and have been put off by this in the past. I don’t like feeling like I’m chewing on a tree trunk, I’d rather taste the wine itself and not the barrel it was aged in. However, considering this wine has been aged in oak barrels for two months, it only has a very subtle oaky undertone which, to an oak-ist like me, is more than easy on the palate.

I’d definitely buy this wine again and, although it’s not particularly expensive, I think it would be one of a selection I would choose for a special occasion.

I found this wine in Tesco priced at a very reasonable £5.99. I got it for an even more reasonable special offer price of £4. Can’t go far wrong there can you?

In the meantime Kirsty’s quest for the elusive red continues…

Image by Flo Wilson.


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Kirsty Wilson works as a freelance writer and lives with her two nightmare children and biker husband in the village of Malborough in 'sunny' Devon. She discovered her love of writing from an early age and vowed that, one day, she would earn a living doing what she loved the most. Kirsty’s second love, apart from the nightmare kids and hubby, is wine, be it red, white or rosé, and Kirsty loves the challenge of being able to unearth a good wine for as little cost as possible. Now Kirsty has the best of both worlds as writing wine reviews for and allows her to combine the two things she is most passionate about.