If you often find yourself looking for red wines priced roughly between the $12 - $18 dollar range then Spanish wines are either something you are already familiar with, or, are wines you need to start experimenting with more often. The two most common varieties you will find are Tempranillo and Grenache/Grenacha, much of which come from the warmer climates of Spain's central to northern regions.
This 100% Tempranillo from Pago De Los Capellanes is from the Ribera del Duero region located approximately 80 miles north of Madrid in Central Northern Spain. The label refers to the wine as 'Tinto Joven' which translates to 'Young Red' and means the wine is released for sale and consumption with little ageing beforehand. This youthfulness gives the wine an attractive color of dark ruby red and purple in the glass. It has a somewhat restrained aroma that shows elements of dark ripe fruits, oak and some earthy, even slightly musty notes. It drinks rather well, is not overly complex but has no real faults either. It is medium to full bodied and benefited greatly from at least 30 minutes in a decanter.
Overall this wine is very easy drinking and is yet another solid performing young Spanish red at a reasonable price. Available at Wine House in Los Angles for $14.99