The 2009 Castillo de Almansa Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) was raised in stainless steel. Cherry red in color with a nose of pomegranate, cranberry, mineral, and bacon, on the palate it is easy-going, concentrated, and quite unique in its flavor profile.
Bodegas Fontana's 2008 Misterio de Fontana from the obscure DO of Ucles is made up of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Syrah aged for 7 months in seasoned American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up an attractive nose of damp earth, spice box, cherry, and blueberry. Plush, succulent, and easy-going.
This red from Bodegas Fontana is a good value. The 2003 Fontal Crianza is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in American oak. Dark ruby-colored, this nicely extracted wine exhibits generous red currant aromas and flavors. Drink this solidly constructed wine over the next 3 years.
This red from Bodegas Fontana is a good value. The 2004 Fontal Roble is 100% Tempranillo aged 6 months in American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it offers attractive spice and red and black fruit aromas with no obvious oak influence. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has plenty of forward, ripe fruit and good length. Drink this tasty value over the next two years.