Lost Vineyards Tempranillo
This medium-bodied and medium dry tempranillo is all you can ask for at $3.99. It smells like dark chocolate and light leather. Cherry comes to mind first when sipping, but that dark chocolate has a stronger presence overall. It’s bitter in a way that ties in nicely to the dark chocolate. There’s subtle spice that most closely resembles cardamom and comes up to finish off the taste.
This isn’t a sophisticated wine by any means, but it’s a serviceable example of a tempranillo at such an affordable price. It’s worth serving after your show-off wines are finished. And by show-off, I mean anything above $10 a bottle, of course. Let’s not get crazy here.