Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We are just back from three weeks in Europe and on the high seas. We drank quite a few wines, most of them mediocre (the wine prices on MSC Cruises for anything decent were outlandish), a few pretty good, two really excellent, a Brunello de Montalcino which, however was completely beyond the price norms that prevail here, the second a red Rioja, a Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2005. The wine, made from mostly Tempranillo with an admixture of Mazuela, is aged for over two years, first in stainless steel, then in oak. It has a lovely blend of red berries, tempered by oak to the point of acidity. My guess is you'll either love it or hate it. In PA it's priced at $13.99 but is available in NJ for under $11, which is what we paid in Barcelona.