Te Quiero, Organic Field Blend Red, La Mancha, Spain, 2018, 13% abv
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Deep intense purple colour. Rich ripe, spiced and brambly fruit, pure and mouthfilling with round tannins, and a lively finish.
Bob Campbell MW 91 Points
A blend of mainly tempranillo and syrah with smaller amounts of garnacha, monastrell and tinto velasco. The minor varieties are in such tiny quantities they are fermented together (hence Field Blend). Warming, fruit-focused red with violet, plum, spice and very subtle oak flavours. Surprisingly more suave than rustic. Deliciously drinkable, especially at this price. BC, 91 Points, Jul 2020
Much of Spain's vineyards are devoted to the commercial grape varieties that we all know and love such as Tempranillo and Syrah, but there are also small plots of older, native varieties such as Graciano, Monastrell, Tinto Velasco that farmers have preserved out of a sense of pride or interest in their history to bring together lots of things that we "love" about Spain, from the dry grown bush vines seemingly being watered by magic, amongst the abundant saffron croci that are common across La Mancha. Today we recognise more and more the value of this diversity and the wealth of flavours of some of these older varieties when they come together in a blend.