Grapes: 40% Tempranillo, 60% Garnacha (aka Grenache)
Region: Cariñena, Aragon, Spain
Producer: Covinca S. Co-op
I am not ashamed to say that I buy a lot of wine at Trader Joe’s. When it comes to fine French wine, I wouldn’t bother with TJ’s. Their California selections can occasionally be good buys but are a hit or miss. Where TJ’s wine department shines is with Italian, Spanish, and South American wines. One of the most consistently good Spanish wine I’ve purchased have been on the Abrazo del Toro label. The reserva is my favorite and there are usually plenty of 5 y/o+ bottles on the shelf at my local store.
The wine itself is one Richie Blackmore would be proud of, color-wise anyway. It’s a deep, smokey purple. The nose has the slightly tart aroma of raspberry jam. I’ve had the uncanny urge to spread this wine on toast. In the mouth it’s smooth and easy to drink, but not shallow. On the tongue it’s red raspberry, and red currant jelly, with a bit of wood at the end. And all this for a lot less money than most quality Spanish reds.