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2003 Bodegas El Nido Clio – Jumilla, Spain

Deep garnet red to a faded mahogany rim. Clean, full aromas of dried fruit, jams, licorice, blackberry, spice, oak, caramel, Port, cinnamon, cherry, and raspberry. Dry, medium-full body, medium acidity, medium-high tannin, flavors of coffee, cherry, spice, oak, raspberry, plum; a long smooth finish. The flavors are definitely at a peak, and I recommend finding a more recent vintage to really appreciate this wine at its best. For more wine notes and writing, visit Ryan’s blog oe•no•phile.
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2005 Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva

This is a soft, juicy, Rioja with berry and vanilla flavors wrapped gently in leather and a touch of tobacco. The finish falls off quickly, but this is a very reasonably priced Rioja Reserva, and at $12 a bottle why not keep some around for pizza or pasta?
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2006 Bodegas y Vinedos del Mediterraneo Lujuria

Lujuria hails from Yecla, a lesser-known region than its immediate neighbors, Jumilla, Almansa and Alicante. This wine is considerably more complex on the nose than expected, with aromas of jammy dark red and black fruits, dill, licorice, coffee and a dusty component. Although a bit simpler on the palate, the red and black fruits, coffee and herbaceous elements come through and tie in nicely with its acid and tannins. Easily a Tuesday-night-with-leftovers wine that I’d buy again.
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2007 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo la Mancha

Another Spanish red that helped my mind take a vacation was this super sexy Tempranillo. Filled with dark fruit and smoke, this wine is supple and juicy. It is well balanced and utterly drinkable. Watch out: this wine screams red hot passion. Think Penelope Cruz in a glass. (Yes, it’s that good.)