Kent’s Pick: 2012 Estola Reserva $9.99

Some of the greatest red wines in the world come from Spain and are made from Tempranillo, but they can also be some of the most expensive! That said, there are also some great values to be had and we have one in the shop right now: the 2012 Estola Reserva. This wine comes from the region of La Mancha, which is south of Madrid and is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged for 24 months in American oak barrels. On the nose wine shows red fruits, framed in oak, and hint of leather. On the palate the wine is full bodied, showing cherries, a touch of strawberry, spice and a bit of cassis. Even though both Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon can be very tannic, the tannins are finely grained and well integrated. This is an excellent value, and the wine will go great with any type of red meat or even pizza.