Tomorrow, August 30th is the final day for Cristall Wine Merchants current reduced price “Hot Buys.” I reviewed a number of these excellent values last week. Here are two more well worth buying if there is any left. As I mentioned last week, all these wines are, unfortunately, being de-listed so this is a last chance to pick up any you really like.
Palacio de La Hera Tempranillo 2011, Rioja DOC, Spain 13.5% $17.99 ($2 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Sourced exclusively from Tempranillo grapes grown in the cool-climate Rioja Alta, this sturdy wine shows dark fruit on the nose with piquant blackcurrant, ripe blackberry, spicy overtones and a whiff of licorice. Not as forward on the palate with blackberry and dark plum holding centre stage, backed by firm dry tannins and still youthful acidity. 2011 was a good vintage in Rioja and this wine can be drunk now with food but will reward ageing for 5 years or more. ***
Kleoni Dry Red NV, Greece 12.5% $9.99 ($2 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Generously ripe-scented, spicy dark fruit with a subtle whiff of oak on the nose and agreeably ripe dark fruit in the mouth supported by lightly firm tannins and refreshing, well-balanced acidity. Finish is harmoniously integrated with food friendly dry grip. A remarkably well crafted wine and a terrific bargain! ***