2009 Abrazo Del Toro Reserva Garnacha/Tempranillo Carinena, Spain $5.99

Silverdale, WA    13.5% alc.    (Purchased on 10/24/14)

IMG_184350% Garnacha 50% Tempranillo    Clear deep ruby/purple.  Nose shows blackberry, black raspberry, tobacco, green olive, cedar and oak.  When first opened, I detected strong aromas of what I believe is toasty American oak, but that quickly faded more to the background.  In the mouth, this is a  fairly substantial Spaniard with plenty of fruit and firm, but not heavy tannins.  Well-balanced with moderate acidity.  The flavors show red and black raspberry, mint, leather, tobacco and nicely integrated oak.  It has a long, flavorful finish with real texture and mouthfeel.

I could find little on the web about this vintage.  But it appears this wine may be a staple at Trader Joe’s and sold at one time for $3.99 (a reader review of the 2006 or 2007 vintage).  Percentage blend of the two varieties of grapes seems to vary from year to year.  I like it: nicely balanced, tasty, inexpensive…a great everyday red.

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4 thoughts on “2009 Abrazo Del Toro Reserva Garnacha/Tempranillo Carinena, Spain $5.99

  1. Expat

    I remember this winery/label from Trader Joe’s. It was ok but nothing special, but the reserva may be a notch better, like your review indicates.

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    1. permiesworld

      We tried this tonight after our Luna Negra bottles turned out to have something wrong with them. I agree, it’s fine. Nothing spectacular. Drinkable though, but not out of the ordinary. Very dry.

      And Lim, I can see why you listed this as a one day wine. It morphs really quickly in glass. At first it was almost astringent. But in just 20 min. it’s open (like another wine would take a couple of hours to achieve the same effect) and drinkable.

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