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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 Gramercy Cellars Inigo Montoya Tempranillo

A blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley at Les Collines Vineyard, located at the foot of the Blue Mountains. I definitely knew it was Walla Walla fruit from the smoky nose that reminded me of autumn nights in the Walla Walla Valley. And just like the first time I enjoyed it a year ago, I found myself with my nose deep into the bowl of the glass constantly soaking in the familiar aroma. It is a very layered wine, which I feel is due to the addition of the syrah being responsible for the extra richness of the wine. Flavors of cherry and plum pies exploded in the mid-palate while leaving a long finish of caramel and crème brulée. To sum it up in one word: Elegant. For Catie’s full review see her blog Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine.
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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.)