Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 10/24/14)
50% 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.