ercavioBursting with fleshy dark fruit, dried fig and smoke, with toasty oak on the nose. In the mouth it’s full bodied and juicy up front gaining coffee notes at midpalate as it turns lean, yet firm showing vibrant acidity and ripe, integrated tannins but with a surprising bitter note lingering as it fades. A bit of a changeling from bold, succulent, sensuous introduction to a more svelte, yet edgy finish. It sustains a hint of sweetness from beginning to end to maintain balance.

Lots of flavor and structure for a budget wine, an excellent value.

The grapes are Cencibel a clone of Tempranillo well adapted to the hot summers and strong winds of La Mancha in central Spain. Fermented in stainless steel with malolactic fermentation occurring in clay amphoras and aged for 6 months in French oak. Pair with grilled steaks or burgers.

Score: 88

Price: $10

Alc: 14%

This is a younger Bruce wine, lean, muscular swagger but with a tender side tinged with bitterness