The Ones That Got Away – Summer 2018

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2015 Treana Red, Treana Winery, Paso Robles, California, USA.

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Edwards & Chaffey, Napa Valley, California, USA.

2015 Cambridge Meritage, Napa Valley, California, USA.

2016 Domaine d’Andezon Cotes due Rhone, Red blend. Rhone, France.

2015 Mestizaje, Mustiguillo Vineyards & Winery, Red blend. Spain.

2011 Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet, Padthaway, Australia.

2015 Antal’s Selection Zinfandel, Buena Vista Winery, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, USA.

2012 Acha Red, Mark Herold, Napa Valley, California, USA.

2002 Syrah, Miller Wine Cellars, Napa, California, USA.

2014 Claret, White Rock Vineyards, Napa Valley, California, USA.

2016 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee, Sonoma, California, USA.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker’s Reserve, Robert Storey Cellars, Napa Valley, California, USA.

2012 Napa Reserve, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, Napa Valley, California, USA.

2014 Amarone la Giaretta della Valpolicella, Italy.

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2013 Buenas Tempranillo, Cosecheros y Criadores

Road wine, this 2013 Buenas Tempranillo, and one that I had over the last several nights while fighting off the influences of Old Man Winter. All week we’ve been saddled with 20-degree temperatures, and no amount of gloves, hats, and scarves can keep you as warm as a good bottle of wine.

2013 Buenas Tempranillo, Cosecheros y Criadores

2013 Buenas Tempranillo, Cosecheros y Criadores, Spain.

The simple math? Yes, “buenas” means the beginning of an enjoyable evening between family and friends, as the winemakers Cosecheros y Criadores will tell you. And no, none of that happened on this occasion. I’m flying solo, and didn’t have this Tempranillo with even a hint of real adult food so no pairing recommendations for you readers.

That being said, this 2013 wasn’t all bad for a bargain Spanish red. A little underdeveloped in taste, and I’m quite certain I didn’t let it breathe sufficiently. There is definitely some cherry, a light sprinkling of spices, and a slightly tannic finish to this wine.

I won’t be purchasing another of the 2013 Buenas Tempranillo but mention my appreciation to Cosecheros y Criadores for making sure I stayed warm during this busy week of travel.