2009 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
This red shows good focus, with black currant, licorice, smoke and light herbal flavors that drive over the polished texture to the long, fresh finish. A bit grapey now, but has the balance and depth to age well.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Smoky cherry, tobacco, licorice and minerals on the vibrant nose. Juicy, bright and firm, with good freshness and thrust to the dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Gentle tannins give grip and a slightly hard edge to the refreshingly bitter finish.
The Eguren family is a well-known name in Spain, having made succesful reds at everything from the $5 level on up to collectible Riojas. Produced from a 25 year old Cabernet vineyard in the Vino de la Tierra de Castilla appellation (a large swath of land in the autonomia of La Mancha), this Cab has delicious, balanced red fruit, a hint of a Cabernet savory and herbal aspect, and a subtly toasty influence from a short stint in barrels. Really Cabernet at a very good price.