A dark red wine made from Spanish grapes, Este vino de mesa immediately caught my eye because of the label. Simple, yet eye-catching. I believe that labels are 30% of the wine sale. A bad label can lead a wine to sit on the shelf for a long time.
The Bodegas Alto Almanzora writes on its site that the picture of a pregnant mare was chosen to represent the winery and is from a local cave painting. Its fertility blesses the land throughout time. The image of a horse from Lascaux, France cave paintings comes to mind and is very similar.
The taste and aroma that comes out of the bottle is quietly superb. The mix of old vine Monastrell, Temperanillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah makes a fine, rustic blend with tight tannins for body and a good color. Berry and oak, leather and black pepper with good acid balance, were some of the tasting notes on CellarTracker, which graded the 2007 vintage in the mid 80s.
Drink now or in a couple of years.
This wine is retailing for $9.99. Come in on Tuesdays and get 5% off from bottle one! Or order it by the case for cellaring and receive 10% off!