Más Que Vinos Ercavio, 2005
This Ercavio Tempranilla Roble is one of the Eric Solomon Selections wines from the La Mancha district of central Spain. La Mancha is an area known for having very hot days and cool night that allow for excellent ripening of the Tempranillo grape (this is 100% Tempranillo). The soil is clay, limestone and granite which contribute to the interesting qualities of this wine. The color is deep red/purple and nearly opaque. The nose is reminiscent of chocolate covered black cherries with some smoky toast and wet rock. This wine has a distinctive texture of rich velvety tannins and a candy syrup feel and a gentle acidity. The flavors are quite fruit forward with abundant blueberry and raspberry with a layer of cocoa, flint and earth. There is a slight taste of oak, but it is the ripe, dark berries that linger on the very long finish. This wine is more New World verses Old World and represents a good value. We bought this at QFC, in Bellevue, for about $12.