Arriba, arriba!

I always try to expand my horizons when it comes to different varietals, so when I saw this 2014 Campo Arriba Red Blend, I decided to try it.

Campo Arriba is the northernmost subregion in Yecla. It is also the highest ground, with the vineyards planted at 2,460 feet above sea level. These high levels of elevation allow for the fruit to mature more slowly, giving more hangtime to the fruit and rich complexity to the wine.

This Spanish wine was produced from old Monastrell, Syrah, and Tintorera vines cultivated in clay, sand, and limestone soil. It’s aged in French oak and is deep red in color. It has a fruity, yet earthy, aroma. It tastes of dark fruit, a little oak, and slight tannins. Not too shabby. It’s about $10 a bottle at Costco, so it’s a very good value. I paired it with mussels. Given it’s good value, I give it a 3.25/5. Bon appétit!

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