2006 Raimat Viña 43 Tempranillo

Costers del Segre, Spain, 13.5% ABV
$4 San Pablo, CA

After pondering an inscrutable French Pinot Noir, I have a relief in this straightforwardly yummy modern Spanish Tempranillo.  It’s pretty good at first pour, but with about 15 minutes in the glass, it becomes less heavy and more elegant: flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry, darker cherry, tobacco, dark earth and black pepper.  The fruit is up front, ripe and jammy, but the wine has decent supporting acidity and is not flabby.  A delicious, easy-drinking wine, and a good value.  It starts to shut down after a couple hours, becoming less sweet and less complex, but it’s pretty easy to drink it up in those two  hours.  Recommended to me by the store’s wine person and I second the recommendation.

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5 thoughts on “2006 Raimat Viña 43 Tempranillo

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Laurie. I’m sorry to hear that. Did you buy it recently, or did you have it at home for a while? Welcome to comments nonetheless.

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  1. BargainWhine Post author

    The bottle of this I bought during the recent sale and opened tonight seems very close to going over the hill. If you have any, drink up! Update: I wrote that based on some initial sourness that aired out after a while. However, the second half bottle, poured off at initial opening with as little air as possible, is completely delicious tonight, no sourness at all.

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  2. Tuk

    I opened this one during 4th of July and everyone liked it. It’s as good as the Bodegas Luzon Jumilla (not GO) I drank on the same day but at half the cost. I went back to GO and bought whatever was left on the shelf.

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    1. bargainwhine Post author

      Hi Tuk!
      One thing I found interesting about the San Pablo store is that they still had some yummy things which had already sold out in Berkeley and Oakland. From your comment that you enjoyed it on July 4th, maybe unbeknownst to me this is one of them.

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