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Spaniard Invades!

December 3, 2007
*Disclaimer: I received this bottle as a sample from WineQ because I am a Beta Club member.

This hefty bottle arrived at my doorstep via a WineQ delivery. Little was I to know what lay inside that box.....

....a giant red from Twisted Oak Winery in the form of a bottle of the 2005 Spaniard. A close up picture of the label and excellent depiction of the Twisted Oak for you:

The bottle clocked in at 14.6% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and can be purchased from WineQ for $44.99. It's a red blend of 64% Tempranillo, 21% Graciano, and 15% Garnacha. This is one not to miss for the lively PrincessBride-esq description on the label.

On the nose the wine showed blackberries, black currants, spice, your favorite leather couch, cloves, and something really dark and almost earthy that I can't quite place, kind of like walking through a cedar grove. In the mouth, there are very fresh blueberries, currants, blackberries, and baking spices. Overall, the wine was very smooth with a big mouthfeel. This is a very big wine. It goes down easy and is delicious.

I served the wine with ravioli and homemade tomato sauce and this was a pretty good match, though I am sure the lamb suggested on the label would be even more fabulous!

3 comments:

  1. farley said...

    It truly opens up the second day, but if I know you two, you didn't have any left over. Next time....

    12/3/07, 1:21 PM  

  2. Sonadora said...

    Nope, haha, wine doesn't last long in our house!!

    12/6/07, 7:19 PM  

  3. Hunter Angler Gardener Cook said...

    Aha! This is the wine my friend grows for - she grows the graciano. It's Twisted Oak's attempt at a Rioja Riserva, and while it ain't that, it is everything you said it was. It's Rioja Meets Cali-Big! One of my favorites...

    12/12/07, 2:56 PM  

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