Feronda Reserva 2008 3.5 Stars

Rioja, Spain

Price: $18.99
Grapes: Tempranillo
Alcohol: 13.5%

From the Bottle:  Nada!

A says:
Rating: ***
Color   Dark red
Smell   Oak, ripe fruit, and something that reminds me of rain.
Taste   I have to admit, I liked the smell better than the taste (D said the opposite, as you’ll see).  I thought it was a bit acidic, which combined undesirably with a hint of coffee flavor.  That said, it was an enjoyable bottle – definitely above average.  But it left me slightly dissatisfied, and given the price tag, I’m calling it a three.  I’m okay with how much we paid for it, but I don’t think I would buy it again.

D says: 
Rating: ****
Smell   It smells a little like bleach.
Taste   Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the most inviting smell.  Or maybe I was sniffing the wrong thing before I got around to taking a whiff of this.  At any rate, it’s actually pretty tasty.  It has nice fruity flavors combined with some bitterness.  I like it, but it’s a little too expensive for what it is.  I’m giving it four stars.

Verdict:  This was some fancy wine.  Rioja is supposed to produce some of Spain’s finest wines, and Feronda has the special awesomeness label (Denominacion de Origen Califcada). It tasted good, and we’d be happy to see it sometime at a party, even if we probably wouldn’t buy it again ourselves.  This is the best tasting Spanish wine we have tried so far, but it is also by far the most expensive.  This balanced out to earn it just a slightly higher rating than the other Spanish wines we’ve tried.

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