2006 Bodegas Valcarlos Fortius Tempranillo, Navarra

08052009Well now, here’s a bit of a find. When I received this bottle I wrote it off as a sub-$15 bottle of plonk. It’s a happy surprise to find that’s not the case at all.

Navarra is a Basque region in the North of Spain. The region extends from the Pyrenees Mountains to the edge of Rioja Baja. In the case of this wine, it has produced juice that has got that New World/Old World thing going on. It’s rustic, but also has modern soft fruit.

The colour is a bit different – it’s a pale cherry red in the glass. On the nose, it’s got dark cherries, licorice, clove and black pepper. A soft and juicy sip gives up warm ripe berry fruit, cherry and a lingering floral and softly syrupy edge to the medium-length finish.

I’m liking it. It’s a bit on the rustic side, but it’s  heckuva’ deal for the money. I’d buy it.

*Note: I received this as an agent’s sample.

$13.95 at LDB stores here in BC.

3 1/2 stars

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