Monday, December 8, 2008

Montecillo Crianza 2004

This Rioja red, made from the tempranillo grape, has a pleasant, fresh, fruity quality which remains constant. It is a nice accompaniment to the stronger red meats. We had it with lamb, whose pronounced character can make it problematic,for wines, and it turned out just fine. The winery is owned by the Osborne sherry combine, which, at the cost of individuality, does make for predictable quality. At present it is priced at $11.99 in PA ($8.99 NJ), which is too much, but it has gone on sale not too long ago. If it does again, I would recommend that you pick up some bottles.

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