Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Campos de Viento, Tempranillo 2009

Campos DeViento Tempranillo

Sometimes the key to picking out a good wine is to have your Hindu neighbor, who doesn't drink, or know a thing about wine, go to the  wine shop and pick out a bottle based on two criteria:
1. cheap 
2. cool label

That is how we found this little gem of a wine. This wine is apparently a project created by Ignasi López and Robert Hunter, two foremost experts in Spanish wine. They started in 2007 working with winemakers to select the single varietal juice to make wine with their own personal stamp on things. What I didn't realize at the time is that these are the same wine makers that created the Campos de Luz Garnacha - a wine that Chris and I have been enjoying for about 6 months now.

We'll have to run this little experiment more often - I like it when other people pick out the cheap cool bottle wine that ends up being a big hit. If you give a shit about ratings or points, Robert Parker gave this wine 87 points. Parker and I don't always agree, and I think I would have given it an 88 or 89. And with its dark cherry, and bitter chocolate notes it will be a perfect wine for the impending ass biting cold weather that is coming our way now that the Labor Day Weekend has passed.

The Particulars
Winery: Campos de Viento

AVA: Northeast, Spain
Vintage: 2009
Alcohol: 13
Price:  between $7-10
Rating = BUY IT