Category Archives: Castilla y León

2005 Protocolo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

I popped this in protest of the depressed economy and everyone that’s steering people toward value oriented products. It’s a $7 retail Tempranillo from spain, that has shown pretty well in the past, and was hoping to ease the pocket books of some folks who are regular drinkers, I mean us drunks, that appreciate varietal typicity for the training of the palate. This wine nails the Tempranillo from Spain under $10. On the nose, youthful aromas of medium intensity, certainly earth driven, dirt, dust, pipe tobacco, leather, meat, and loads of cherries, some carmel, and oak, but nothing to be concerned about. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, very earthy, eather, juicy cherry latte, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, medium body, descent balance and a moderate finish for a wine at this price range. At the least, this wine will make others step up their game a bit.    

2004 Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo

I opened the first bottle of a case I bought last week after my rep tasted me on this wine. First off, I have a big love affair with Tempranillo, lots of flavor for the dollar, dark, smokey, and meaty. On the nose, youthful aroma, medium intensity, figs, plums, dark cherries, tobacco for days, lots of earth, moderate amount of oak, spice, vanilla, and a meatiness. On the palate, dry, earthy, cherry tobacco, big structure considering how little this wine costs, good balance, and moderate finish. Well made and a great value. This drinks well now, but will cellar well for a few years.    

2004 Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo

This is a great representation of New World production and labeling in the Old World. Seeing as the dollar is tanking, how do they produce this good wine and ship it over here at this cost. Check out all the positive reviews of this wine on
On the nose, youthful, med+ intensity, figs, plums, cherries, peppered bacon, leather, there’s some oak, and some earthy dirt component. On the palate, dry, med+ to high tannins, massively structured, has the muscle to stand up to wild dark meats, with good juicy fruit, leather, and tobacco. This will cellar quite well, and at this price you just don’t find too much of that.