By Kori ~ December 1st, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the NV Spartico Organic Tempranillo from the Utiel-Requena region of Spain.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Spartico is produced by Bodegas Iranzo, Spainâ€™s oldest estate bottled winery, by winemaker Francisco GalbardÃ³n. Bodegas Iranzo is located in the D.O. Utiel-Requena region, the second largest winegrowing region in Spain. Spartico Tempranillo is the first USDA Certified Organic No Sulfites Added (NSA) wine from Spain available for nationwide distribution. It is made from 100% USDA certified organic Tempranillo grapes, without the addition of any sulfites during production. It is available through Whole Foods nationwide and other fine wine retailers across the country.
â€œOn the nose it shows a good intensity where there are marked tones of young red fruits. In mouth the wine shows balance and a good noticeable acidity that makes the wine appear very clean and fresh.â€ â€“Bodegas Iranzo
NV Spartico Organic Tempranillo (D.O. Utiel-Requena, Spain): Deep purplish red. Nose is a bit tight at first and then some red fruit and earthy aromas emerge. Red fruit, earth, and leather come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with crisp acidity, medium tannins, and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $11.99; Available elsewhere, $10 to $12
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Spanish Wine, Tempranillo, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25