Monday, September 15, 2008

Villaroya de la Sierra Calatayud Garnacha, 2004

This wine, a mere four years of age, is dead. It may have been heat damaged; it may have been simply poorly made, but the muddy color and the vinegary, sherrified nose leave no doubt. A few tastes and down the drain it goes. The wine cost only $8--marked down from $10 at World Market--but I think a consumer has every right to expect a 2004 red wine to be alive and well. This wine was DOA.

I doubt that I missed much. Aside from the vinegar, I found the wine to be overly ripe and raisined with a thick body from 14 percent alcohol.

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