Category Archives: La Mancha

2007 Campos Reales Tempranillo La Mancha

campos_realesAnother inexpensive masterpiece brought in by Jorge Ordonez. If his name is on the bottle you can bet it brings some fruit to the table. All three of us preferred the Protocolo at the same price, because it brought more structure and presence. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, meat, smoke, leather, earth, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- tannin, medium acidity, with a C+ kind of finish. This tempranillo reminded me of the Monte Oton Garnacha, silky and gulpable.    

2006 Protocolo Tinto Vino de la Tierra

protocolo-02 Tried the new vintage of this affordable Tempranillo last night. And again it went down pretty easy, not as fruity as the 05, but a bit more pipe tobacco and earthy flavors. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, cherry, red plum, tobacco, leather, lots of earth, some coffee, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, medium body and alcohol, with a nice finish. Not amazingly complex, but better and more interesting than most wines twice it’s price.    

2004 Pago Florentino Tinto La Mancha


This is a new glass pour at Mona’s, 65th and Latona, hats off to Quinn(owner) and Patrick(bartender) who are in a blind tasting group with me on Sundays. Dormant due to football season.
Dark garnet color, moving to plum, of medium intensity. On the nose, aroma, medium intensity, stewed cherries and figs, tobacco, there’s quite a bit of earth, and a lot of sweet vanilla. American oak has long been used by the Spanish in large quantities. On the palate, dry, medium intensity. Again, the cherry tobacco, fig, earthy flavors, but the oak dominates. Good for a glass pour in a bistro, but not a serious wine, think everyday drinking vino with moderate price tag.