Guelbenzu 2000 "Azul" Ribera del Queiles ($10.99)
Very dark ruby in color, this Spanish red offers appealing cherry-compote aromas that blend fresh black fruit, vanilla and spice. Ripe and juicy flavors follow the nose, tart-sweet black cherries with bright, snappy acidity to keep it in balance. Oak is present as a spicy note but doesn't dominate, and soft, barely perceptible tannins add an attractive textural dimension. A blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. US Importer: Classical Wines from Spain, Seattle. (Jul 12, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's fresh and forward fruit makes it a fine companion with pork chops simply sauteed with lots of garlic.



Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Botromagno 1999 Primitivo "Apulian Zinfandel"
View the next tasting note: Mionetto "Il" Prosecco del Veneto