Bodega Ovidio Garcia 2009 “Esencia” Crianza, Cigales

Posted by Keith Wallace

Cigales is located between two of my favorite Spanish wine regions: Ribera del Duero and Toro.  That is probably why this is the first Cigales wine review I have written in 15 years. I’ll try to do better because these wines offer great value for Tempranillo.  They also tend toward a more round and lush character, mostly due to the richer alluvial soils of the region.

Bodega Ovidio Garcia 2009 Crianza, Cigales
Bodega Ovidio Garcia 2009 Crianza, Cigales

If you are not familiar with the grape, Tempranillo is a subtle balance between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, but its strength is reminiscent of Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle of Crianza is a great introduction to that style. Blackberry jam and smoked beef with a deep edge of brilliant fresh cranberries act as a counterpoint to the wine’s lush texture. A bit decadent and somewhat austere at the same time, which is the essence of Tempranillo.

A wine made for the dinner table.

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