La Finca is swinging for the fences in the world of budget wine. We were a fan of the Malbec they put out so we picked up this bottle of La Finca 2013 Tempranillo with the same expectation. Our expectation was that it would be a fairly quality wine for the price. It is certainly falling into the daily drinker category. For those of you who don’t know what I mean by that, it’s simple: a daily drinker is a wine that will score at least in the mid 80’s on a wine point scale and is under $10. The closer to $5 the better.
The La Finca 2013 Tempranillo comes in at 13% alcohol. I’m fairly certain it’s 100% Tempranillo. Tempranillo is the main grape used in Spanish Rioja. Rioja is a bit fruitier and juicy on the whole compared to this wine. These grapes come from Mendoza which is a famous place for Malbec. This grape favors similar conditions and both do best in higher altitudes. The wine was aged in oak for a few months to round it out. Our bottle was in great shape. We chilled the wine to 60 degrees before serving. Stemless red wine glasses were used to taste the wine. The wine was aerated with our Vinturi. When the bottle was opened we got a nice aroma of raspberry. The wine was an inky red violet.
The nose one the La Finca 2013 Tempranillo was an explosion of raspberry, cherry, vanilla, violets, and freshly cured tobacco. The flavor was similar to the nose but not quite the same with raisins, prunes, cedar, leather, candied violets, dried cherries, tobacco, vanilla, and black pepper. This wine was spicy with a long finish and a bit higher acid than we were anticipating based on the nose. The more air the wine got the spicier and smoother it became. It’s safe to say the wine also warmed up a bit quicker than average being it was over 100 degrees on the day we drank it which I’m sure affected the flavor slightly. I’d made beef with caramelized onions and peppers that complimented the wine nicely. The veggies brought out the fruit flavors and the meat turned the wine into a black pepper bomb.
For $5 you can’t really ask for more. The wine was very enjoyable and reasonably complex. It’s got just enough acid and residual sugar to balance out the spices. I’m not sure I’d serve it in the peak of the summer though. I’ll at least wait until the sun goes down next time! On the standard Wine Spectator scale we give this wine 86 points. If you like Rioja but want to try something familiar with a little flair pick it up and be delighted!
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