Vinos Pinol Terra Alta Ludovicus 2007
January 22, 2009, 11:28 pm
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ludoA light-medium bodied wine with the clean mouthfeel and taste of cranberry juice. It is nicely spiced and herbaceous with rosemary dominating the bouquet. The finish is lengthy and has the tingle and wonderful bitterness of grapefruit. I am really getting into these Spanish wines–the blending is fantastic. It is hard to beat 35% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rating: 80

From: Wine House (Westwood, CA)

Price: $9.99


Cortijo III Rioja Tinto 2007
January 4, 2009, 10:16 pm
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cotrijoiiiI tried this bottle at Border Grill in Santa Monica and loved it—turns out it’s a great deal. This blend of Tempranillo and Grenache rings of tart cherries, but doesn’t wear out your mouth  with puckering. It lets up at the right moment and soothes with soft tannins. Rioja is usually a good bang for your buck and I definitely recommend this one.

Price: $9.99

From: Available at BevMo

Rating: 78