Anciano Grand Reserva 2001 Tempranillo Valdepenas

Purchased from Costco, $7.99

Aaron:  I wasn’t as impressed with this wine as Teri was but have to admit, the bottle looked pretty spiffy (please note, the word “spiffy” is put in this post simply for my good friend Robert Tran, the best wedding photographer in Orange County, check out their site at www.jessicaelizabeth.com).  Back to the wine: I wasn’t impressed with the bitter, spicy smell of under ripe fruits though the mellow, flowing flavor could complement simple dishes.  There was a kick to this tempranillo and it was a bit too spicy on the swallow but had lots of warmth and some berries.  Most notable to me was a distinct red apple flavor.  87 points

Teri: I loved the smell of this wine: a cherry-brown sugar fragrance that was quite pleasant. The wine itself also had unique characteristics with nicely structured tannins, bold notes of oak, mild spice, and raspberry and a flavor that dissipated extremely slowly on the palate. It would stand up to pasta dishes, meats, and BBQ. The 10 years has grown this reserve bottle into a unique, bold, and full flavored experience. 90 points

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