Portal Roble, 2005
This wine from the Terra Alta region of Spain is 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Garnacha, 20% Merlot, 20% Tempranillo and 20% Syrah. It is aged for 6 months in French and American and Hungarian Oak. It is purple-colored, with an impressive array of aromas including vanilla, spice box, pepper, cassis, black cherry, and blackberry. This wine is medium to full bodied on the palate. This is a rich wine with lots of flavors of ripe berries and black plums. There are nicely integrated tannins and acidity with a lengthy finish. Drink it over the next several years. This is a very nice "Spanish blend" that is a good value for about $13. The wine makers Ludovicus is also one to try.