Mesta, Tempranillo, juicy and light, a good summer table red wine

If you are looking for a simple table wine that displays cherries and a touch of spice on the finish, this medium bodied red Mesta (Tempranillo, 2006) from Bodegas Fontana in Cuenca (Castilla, Spain) will be good company. It retails at around $8.00. Mesta_3

According to the label, 'Mestas' are gatherings of sheep herders where they sort out the stray sheep ('mestencos').


Recent Spanish excursions: A new love! Atteca (Garnacha)

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