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Sep 9, 2013 03:41 PM

Wines similar to Tempranillo-Rioja reservas

Just had a vina eguia reserva Rioja 2007 which was 100% Tempranillo. Was blown away that an under $20 bottle could be so good. I'm looking for suggestions similar to this one in the $10-$15 range. It doesn't have to be a Spanish wine but it seems like Spain is producing a lot of value.

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  1. I prefer Ribera del Dueros, but only the crianzas are in that price range.

    1. I should probably be more specific on what I liked about this wine. I liked the oak but it wasn't overpowering. It was a nice medium body with a velvety fullness. Nice fruit tasting of fresh strawberries. I liked the tannins with a dry finish and it was a nice long finish with a great aftertaste. Most wines under $15 have a short finish.

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      1. re: kriminalrat

        Well, if you like the oak in Riojas which often turns me off, I will withdraw the Ribera del Dueros. They are produced from the same grape, but the fruit is bolder, the oak less emphasized.

      2. I think Masi's Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese, from the blend of grapes used in valpolicella, is a steal at less that $16--medium weight, cherry bright but balanced, and with a soft longer than expected finish.

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        1. re: bob96

          I had one recently for the first time in many years and thought it was a good value.

        2. It's a difficult price range, as has already been pointed out, and I have no idea what's available in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. That said, you'll *never* find an American Tempranillo in that price range, unless it's on close-out.

          You can look for wines from the Toro DO in Spain (Tempranillo and Garnacha), as they tend to be less expensive than Riojas or Ribera del Duero -- but, while they can be quite good, they generally aren't as good as their better known "cousins."