Revolera 2009 red

produced and bottled by Bodegas Pagos de Aráiz, Navarra DO, Spain
55% Tempranillo, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Graciano; 14% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 23 June

Revolera_2009_NavarraRedAlthough I usually take care to note how much air a wine needs (to my taste only), I can’t recall this wine changing very much over the few hours it was open on its first night.  It showed ripe, robust fruit of red / purple plum / maybe cherry, some rough earth / spice, with stronger acid of those fruits.  It’s satisfying enough with heavier fare (in my case, salami, bread with olive oil, or bread with bacon fat).

The saved single-glass, screw-cap bottle was pretty similar until it had aired a couple hours or so, when the fruit smoothed out and sweetened considerably, becoming more pleasant to my palate, at least.  This might be one to put in a covered decanter for a day before drinking it, or something to look forward to the second day of.

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5 thoughts on “Revolera 2009 red

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Jameel and welcome! Don’t feel like you have to do it all in one night, though. 🙂

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    2. EHL

      Just as an aside, I didn’t finish my bottle of Revolera on the second day and, lo and behold, on the third day, after bringing it out of the fridge corked and warming up a bit, the wine really smoothed out very nicely and became well-balanced again.

      Never can tell what a bottle is going to do, a constant process of evolution…lol.

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  1. EHL

    I saw BW’s review earlier and it seemed rather ambivalent…so although I had seen this Spanish Red blend around up North at several GOs, I wasn’t in a hurry to try it out.

    Flitcraft’s positive mention of it recently, however, piqued my interest, so I bought a bottle today at SoDO for $4 while stopping by for something else.

    Popped and poured the Revolera and immediately enjoyed the aromatic bouquet of dark fruit and spice, followed by a pleasing, smooth and well-balanced wine of depth and character, marked by bright acidity. In comparison, we stopped at a Spanish restaurant in Ballard district earlier in late afternoon for some tapas and wine — $10 glasses of Garnacha — and this Revolera was superior to what we were imbibing, IMHO.

    I agree with BW’s tasting notes, although I perhaps would endorse this wine a little more enthusiastically.

    Pretty nice bottle for $4…lol…

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    1. EHL

      The Revolera is better drunk fully on day one when it shows its best stuff…the second day saw it degrade a bit, with heightened acidity…

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