2009 Bodegas Mustiguillo "Mestis" Vino de la Tierra El Terrerazo, Spain (Previously $12)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Mestis is made up of 50% Bobal, 30% Tempranillo, with the balance Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged for 10 months in French oak. It sports a distinctive nose of blue fruits, brier, underbrush, and smoke leading to a ripe, lively, savory offering with surprising complexity for its modest price. This outstanding value is likely to evolve for 1-2 years although there is no need to defer gratification. Bodegas Mustiguillo is located in the Valencia region and has been a champion of the indigenous Bobal variety.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% bobal, with tempranillo, syrah and cabernet sauvignon): Glass-staining ruby. Opens slowly to display aromas and flavors of dark berries and bitter chocolate, with a touch of cracked pepper. Big, chewy and dense, finishing with notes of plum and spices. This reminded me a lot of a petite sirah.