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2008 Red Guitar Old Vines Tempranillo/Garnacha

January 11, 2011

2008 Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo/Garnacha

2008 Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo/Garnacha

The Red Guitar label, which bills itself as a “rich, smooth and stylish celebration of the Spanish lifestyle,” was recommended to the Frugal Vintner by a reader. I’ve opted to taste the 2008 Old Vines Tempranillo/Garnacha blend, which was readily available at my local grocery store (Meijer) and was even on sale for $9.49!

A medium garnet color, this blend certainly packs an olfactory punch. Strong raspberry, black cherry, and floral notes are backed by vanilla and leather. Medium bodied, the Red Guitar is a fruity quaff with a long, tasty finish. The tannins seem a little bit strong – I’d be interested to come back and taste this one again in a year or two to see how the balance changes as the tannins dissipate.

We drank the Tempranillo/Garnacha on its own; next time (and there will be a next time!) I’d like to try it with cheese enchiladas or a similar dish. If you’re looking to celebrate the Spanish lifestyle and you’re on a budget, this is one way to do it!

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