Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo, 2005
This red blend is produced by Bodegas Nekeas in the Navarra region of Spain. The Nekeas valley is located at the foothills of the Pyrenees and is buffeted from the winds of the Atlantic. Warm summer days and cool nights help the grapes reach full maturity on the vines. The various micro-climates of the area allow for nice conditions for numerous grape varieties including Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Grenache. This is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Tempranillo that was aged from 12 to 14 months in French and American oak casks. This wine has a deep ruby color with aromas of black cherries, leather and smoke. This is a medium bodied wine with dark berry, cassis, cherry and some underlying minerality. There is some smoke and leather that keep the fruit flavors under control. What helps to make this wine real nice are the abundant smooth tannins that fill the mouth with a cloak of velvet. The finish is fresh and impressive. We found this lovely value wine at Pete's Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for under $10. This Spanish wine is worth seeking out.