Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Wine Quickie: Ochoa Calendas Tinto 2017


You know how much of a nerd I am and that anything space related gets me excited, especially when it's on a wine bottle, so I gave a little cheer when this showed up on my doorstep. I love that label. The Roman New Year was Calendas of March, which is also when the vines in Ochoa's vineyards come back to life. Their motto is "the moon is always there, even if we can't see it."

Ochoa Calendas Tinto is 70% Tempranillo and 30% Garnacha from Navarra, Spain. Even though this is light bodied it has some good structure with tightly grained tannins that are there but not too big, and it has a slightly tart acidity that brightens up the fruit. Strawberries and raisins run the roost in profile with black table pepper and tobacco. For $12 it'll do you just fine, but I suggest giving it a slight chill to really bring out its full potential.

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