2005 Matchbook Tinto Rey
This has to be the craziest blend of grapes I have ever heard or tasted. 43% Syrah, 40% Tempranillo, 7% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Graciano. Wow that's a mouthful. To my surprise that is exactly what it is. It truly is a Spain Vs. France war of grapes. Your Syrah for Boldness and fruit. Your Tempranillo and Graciano for tannins and fruit and your Petite Verdot and Malbec for the wood component and herb characteristics. This wine for $19.99 is a perfect everyday wine. I can see it pairing well with any Latin cuisine, pizza, BBQ, burgers, pasta, etc, etc, etc. It delivers good amounts of fruit, spice, wood and tannins. I love getting to taste simple yet creative wines like this one. You do have to scratch your head as to how they come up with these blends, but that must be half the fun in creating it. I bet they just sit around and play with Matches or juggle bottles of each varietal and see what falls out. Either way! You gotta love good, simple table wines.
This wine can be bought at Vinatero Wine Shop. www.vinaterowineshop.com
Give it a Try if you dare!