Two fiendishly good value Tempranillos

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Two fiendishly good value Tempranillos

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A mixed case of these two fiendishly good Tempranillos containing either 3 or 6 bottles of each:

Rioja Alegre Valgañon, Spain 2012
Tasting Note
: Are you a fan of old-fashioned Rioja or modern Spanish reds? In other words, are you a mod or a Rioja? Boom! I’ve been waiting to use that joke for ages and it was worth the wait, I’m sure you’ll agree! Here’s a wine that straddles that divide, with the layered complexities of traditional, barrel-aged Rioja embedded in a velvety texture and clean, glossy fruit. The nose is brimming with all manner of dark fruits, molten blackcurrants, poached damsons, creamed blueberries, topped with vanilla and coconut, all vying for your attention, like crazed fans holding out their autograph books. It’s a raucous riot of aromas. The palate settles down to something altogether more serious and refined, offering layers of old school charm and ‘on trend’ minerality. If you like Pomerol, you will love the bold statement this wine makes. Top tip: enjoy it with a chargrilled churrasco! Drink now – 2024.

Acon Crianza, Abadia de Acon, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2013
Tasting Note
: To call this a poor man's Vega Sicilia would be to do it an injustice. It's a lot closer in quality to that great Ribera del Duero red than it is in price and is seriously well-endowed for a humble Crianza. It’s one of those wines in which all the elements align (vintage, winemaking, bottle age) and it becomes greater than the sum of its parts. We tasted the whole of Abadia de Acon's range, from their Joven and their Roble to their Reserva, their Seleccion and their icon wine, Targum, and it was this Crianza that stood out, not only for value, but as the wine that you would want to drink plenty more of. It's a hand-harvested Tempranillo, aged for 14 months in Bordeaux barrels (longer than is required for crianza status) and rounded off in bottle for 2 years before release. The aromas are those you would expect to find in a top class Reserva, glowing with rich blackcurrants, milk chocolate, cedar and vanilla, and the palate is deep and rich, with velvety tannins and a wonderful fusion of sandalwood, creamy blueberries and tangy blackberries. It tastes magnificent on Day One, but if you have some left in the bottle, it tastes even better on Day Two, which is a sure sign that it will age well. One of our best ever finds! 14.5% alc. Drink now-2025.

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