The 2011 Losada Vinos de Finca in Bierzo is a fantastic example. Rated 92 points out of 100 by the Wine Spectator, this is a pure finesse wine with dark chocolate, black cherry, smoke and herb notes.
Made from the Mencia grape - as opposed to Spain's well known Tempranillo - this medium-bodied wine is simply outstanding - and remarkable for $22.99 a bottle in BC plus tax.
But don't delay - there are only a few hundred bottles left in BC Liquor Stores.
|2011 Losada from Bierzo|
Bierzo is in the north west of Spain - and several other great wines from the region are available in BC and Canada.
Another great wine is the 2011 Eternum Viti from Bodegas Albanico in the Toro region of Spain. This is a big, bold Tempranillo - called "Tinta de Toro" locally - that will warm your heart and soul. And not just with its sun-quenched 14.5% alcohol, though that helps!
|2011 Eternum Viti from Toro|
There's amazingly still some bottles of a wine I've previously recommended - the fantastic 2008 Besslum from Monsant region in Spain.
At just $17.99 a bottle plus tax in BC Liquor Stores, this may be the best bargain in the province. Rated 93 points by Robert Parker, it is a powerhouse wine with years in the bottle - try even finding a 2008 vintage from California, BC or France - let along at this amazing low price.
"Besllum has a deep dark color with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, exotic spices, lavender, mineral, and pain grille. Concentrated with a full body and flavors reminiscent of sweet fruit. There is just enough acidity to carry the flavor through the long, supple finish."
It is made up of three grapes: Carinena 45%, Garnacha 45%, Syrah 10%" Lastly, sorry for the long layoff on posts by the Wine Barbarian - rest assured I was doing a lot of research but not enough writing on wine!
I won't promise to do better....but I will do my best to post more and more often - cheers!