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.
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.
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."