Maker: Bodegas Centro Espanolas, SA, Tomelloso, Spain
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
Fuente del Ritmo Tempranillo 2004 has a fairly dark garnet color and an aroma of cherries, vanilla, and chalk. The flavor is fruity, with black cherry and currant notes, leading into a finish with lots of tannins and a bit of pepper. This wine should definitely be allowed to breathe – out of the bottle, even with a bit of air, the wine was somewhat harsh. Time and breathing mellowed it out into a smoother and more balanced structure. The fruit notes strengthened, while the acidity was muted. After breathing, the wine remains quite dry, but is far more drinkable.
This is a wine we couldn’t learn much about on the Web. It was apparently awarded 87 points by Wine Advocate, but hasn’t received blogging attention.