The wine, a 2003 Montecillo Reserva, is 100% Tempranillo from Rioja Alta region and as such is dark in color and earthy in tone– perfect for sipping on the first chilly night of autumn here in the desert. They recommend pairing it with game, but we drank it with tacos filled with refried beans and leftover prime rib carne asada style and it seemed to work.
Created by the Bodega Montecillo winery, the wine spends part of the aging process in French oak barrels but there is little hint of oak. First sips were a little sharp but once the wine opened up the dark berry flavors came through and the finish lingered ever so slightly on the back of the throat.
Retailing for around $18.00 this is a pleasant choice if you like a elegant red wine. Bodega Montecillo is one of Spain’s oldest wineries: it was founded in 1874. Winemaker Maria Martinez-Siera continue her family’s skill and care in making some pretty tasty wine.