Bodegas Tikalo 2004 "Rubens" Tierra de Castilla Tempranillo ($10.00)
This very dark reddish-purple wine's jammy cherry-berry scent and its initially fruit-forward flavor starts it out with the sense of a "fruit bomb," but spice and smoke and good tart acidity add interest on the mid-palate, with soft tannins filling out its structure in a longish finish, making for an enjoyable and food-friendly wine of good value. US Importer: European Cellars Direct, NYC; an Eric Solomon Selection. (Apr 16, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: It's made to go with grilled red meat or poultry.



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